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WUHAN, CHINA. (THECOUNT) — Scientists are now saying the coronavirus can have an incubation period of up to a full 24 days.
Currently, the World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates the period between exposure to the illness and the appearance of symptoms is a two weeks, but experts in China have now determined that the incubation period is three days and ranges from zero to staggering 24 days.
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Medical professionals said that if this proves correct, those in quarantine could expect to spend longer in isolation. Researchers in China analyzed data on 1,099 patients with laboratory-confirmed coronavirus from 552 hospitals across the country, reports TheEpochTimes.
Almost a third (31.3 percent) had been to Wuhan, the Chinese city at the center of the virus outbreak. Some 71.8 percent had been in contact with people from Wuhan and 1.18 percent had been in contact with wildlife, the same experts found. And Wei-jie Guan and colleagues found the median incubation period was three days, ranging from zero to 24 days.
Geo quick facts: Wuhan, the sprawling capital of Central China’s Hubei province, is a commercial center divided by the Yangtze and Han rivers. The city contains many lakes and parks, including expansive, picturesque East Lake. Nearby, the Hubei Provincial Museum displays relics from the Warring States period, including the Marquis Yi of Zeng’s coffin and bronze musical bells from his 5th-century B.C. tomb – wikipedia.