Medical researchers in China have found the incubation period for coronavirus ranges up to 24 days.
That’s 10 days longer than experts previously thought.
The research was co-authored by Dr Zhong Nanshan, who discovered the SARS coronavirus in 2003 and has been appointed as a leading advisor in managing the current coronavirus crisis.
Current advice from health organisations and ministries say the virus’ incubation period is as long as 14 days, based on the incubation period of previous MERS viruses.
Public Health England and the Department of Health and Social Care has urged anyone travelling from specific countries, including China, to quarantine themselves at home for 14 days.
The new study
The new findings have not yet been peer reviewed. Of course!
The results were obtained analysing data from 1,099 coronavirus patients from 522 hospitals in 31 provinces in China.
Of those patients, 55 were admitted into the intensive care unit, some with severe pneumonia as a result of the virus, and 15 died.
They found only 1.18 per cent of patients “had a direct contact with wildlife.”
The majority of the patients had contracted the virus from being in contact with people from Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak.
The research concluded that the virus “spreads rapidly by human-to-human transmission” and its severity “predict poor clinical outcomes.”
Lymphomenia as major symptom
More than 80 percent of patients developed lymphopenia, which is a state where a specific white blood cell that is part of the body’s first-line defence against diseases is reduced.
Lymphopenia is commonly caused by infections and the flu, and usually recovers on its own after the patient recovers.
Sudden rise in new virus cases
The findings come as China reported a rise in new virus cases on Monday, with the mainland death toll rising by 97 in just 24 hours and 3,062 new cases reported.
The sudden increase in cases broke a string of daily declines that a government spokesman said on Sunday was proof that containment measures were proving successful.
Meanwhile, the British government declared the virus a “serious and imminent threat to public health” and raised the risk to the public from low to moderate.
Well it’s 14 days longer to infect everyone you come into contact with.
Longer duration means more opportunities to spread because you’re carrying it but not feeling the symptoms so you’re not at home in bed feeling sick and resting.
You’re out there spreading germs, symptom free for almost a whole month. Now think of all the people you come into contact with in a month, each train, bus, shop, venue, street. I am just thinking about Africa right now! More coronavirus news on Strange Sounds or Steve Quayle. [MedrXiv,Telegraph]