In the first phase of the Covid-19 epidemic, it was difficult to find recommendations based on scientific evidence. This is because the corona virus this time is a completely new strain, the data are not enough and researchers need time to work.
Fortunately, the information on Covid-19 has gradually become more complete. Scientists have begun to understand it. For example, a recent study by Johns Hopkins University now shows that the average incubation period for Covid-19 is 5.1 days.
Up to 97.5% of patients had incubation period of 11.5 days. The researchers identified the regulation isolated 14 days being applied is reasonable.
The latest study shows that the average incubation period of Covid-19 is 5.1 days
In their latest study, scientists at Johns Hopkins collected data from 181 cases of Covid-19 infection outside Hubei province, China. These cases were identified before February 24 and were closely monitored. Time of exposure, time of onset of symptoms, onset of fever and positive test result were reported.
From these data, the team drew a model of the incubation period for Covid-19. Put simply, the incubation period is the time that is calculated from the time you are exposed to the pathogen until symptoms appear.
During incubation, the likelihood of spreading the disease to others is very low but cannot be ruled out. Scientists still do not know how the new coronavirus can be transmitted when a person has no symptoms. However, there have been several reports that say that is likely to happen.
With other corona virus strains, such as the 4 common corona strains, you are more likely to pass the virus to others while you cough or sneeze.
97.5% of patients will develop symptoms within 11.5 days
Returning to the new strain of corona virus that is causing the Covid-19 epidemic, researchers at Johns Hopkins found that only less than 2.5% of those infected would develop symptoms within 2.2 days. The average incubation period for Covid-19 was 5.1 days. And the most important data shows that 97.5% of patients will develop symptoms within 11.5 days.
“Based on our analysis of publicly available data, the 14-day follow-up recommendation or quarantine quarantine currently applied is reasonable.“, epidemiologist Justin Lessler from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health said.
The incubation period study will provide an extremely useful knowledge for infectious disease specialists and authorities who are in need of making decisions and policies in the Covid-19 epidemic.
In the past, there were concerns that the current quarantine period was not long enough. That was after a team determined that the incubation period of Covid-19 could last up to 19 even 24 days.
Clearly, we still need more research to confirm long-lasting Covid-19 incubation cases, and to see if they are sufficient to cause the problem. During that time, practicing hygiene and preventive measures like washing your hands with soap for 20 seconds is the best way anyone can take to prevent the Covid-19 virus.
Don’t forget to restrict yourself to places that are crowded with people. And especially, if you have symptoms of cough, fever, shortness of breath, you are returning from an infected area or have been exposed to infected people in group F3 or above, stay at home, contact your health care provider. Local for isolation instructions.
According to health experts, each individual identifies himself or herself, if so:
+ F0 means a positive case for treatment, trying to self-serve to limit transmission to others.
+ F1: notify the district health and quarantine at the hospital. Also report to your F2.
+ F2: notify the district health and follow isolation instructions. Self-report to F3.
+ F3: self-isolation at home.
+ F4, 5: follow and update the situation on these Fs.
The status of F may vary depending on the results of these tests, so the county health department is required to receive information as soon as possible.
* What to do if you have been exposed to the risk of Covid-19 infection, take the following test to find out: