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February 23, 2020updated 04 Mar 2021 4:28pm

Coronavirus incubation period could be 27 days, shows data

The incubation period of the novel coronavirus could be as long as 27 days, noted Reuters citing reports from Chinese provincial government.


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The incubation period of the novel Covid-19 coronavirus could be as long as 27 days, noted Reuters citing reports from Chinese provincial government.

In Hubei province, hard-hit by the coronavirus epidemic, an infected 70-year-old man did not exhibit Covid-19 symptoms until 27 days later.

On 24 January, the man had close contact with his infected sister, said Hubei government website. He had a fever on 20 February and received test confirmation the next day.

Currently, the incubation period of the coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, is considered to be 14 days. Health authorities across countries are adopting a 14-day quarantine period, based on the World Health Organization guidelines.

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A longer incubation period would impact the efforts focused on controlling the coronavirus spread.

Earlier this month, a study by Chinese researchers found that the incubation period can be up to 24 days. The median incubation period was found to be three days, with a range of zero to 24 days.

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