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Researchers say that most people show coronavirus symptoms in just 5 days

Updated on:11 March 2020, 18:07pm IST
As researchers delve deep into the world of coronavirus, new facts are coming to light. In this case, that on the incubation period of COVID-19
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This new update on coronavirus symptoms can contain the spread of this viral infection. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Come rain or shine–the one thing that’s causing the most buzz is coronavirus. This highly-contagious disease is nearing the state of a pandemic, according to the World Health Organization. With over 4000 coronavirus-related deaths reported across the globe, the panic that this virus is bringing with it is but natural.

But thankfully as time goes by and medical science looks deeper into coronavirus, new information is coming to light. For instance, researchers have found that the average incubation period for coronavirus—from the point of infection to the onset of symptoms—is 5.1 days

This new research can be very useful in containing coronavirus
The research on coronavirus symptoms, which was done using publicly available data and published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine, suggests that the 14-day quarantine period suggested world wide is reasonable.

The analysis by researchers, including those from Johns Hopkins University in the US, also suggests that about 97.5% of people who develop symptoms of a COVID-19 infection will do so within 11.5 days of exposure.

They also estimated that for every 10,000 individuals quarantined for 14 days, only about hundred would develop symptoms after being released from quarantine.

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Fighting coronavirus isn’t enough. It is also important to stop misinformation about it. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

“Based on our analysis of publicly available data, the current recommendation of 14 days for active monitoring or quarantine is reasonable, although with that period some cases would be missed over the long-term,” said study senior author Justin Lessler from Johns Hopkins University.

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So far, the global outbreak of COVID-19 infection which emerged in December 2019 in the Chinese city of Wuhan has resulted in more than 1,19,000 officially confirmed cases around the world, and over 4,300 deaths from pneumonia caused by the virus.

Remember, when it comes to coronavirus prevention is better than cure
In order to ensure that you are not a statistic in this coronavirus frenzy, pay extra attention to your personal hygiene.

According to the WHO, you should wash your hands frequently using hands with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand rub to kill viruses. Also maintain at least one-metre distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.

Follow these guidelines to stay safe and watch this space for more updates on coronavirus.