New Coronavirus Study: 14 Days Of Quarantine May Not Be Enough

Research On New Coronavirus Study Reveals Longer Incubation Periods

NEW CORONAVIRUS STUDY – According to new research based on data gathered from over 1,000 patients from mainland China revealed that the incubation period for the virus could be longer than previously thought.

New Coronavirus Study: 14 Days Of Quarantine May Not Be Enough
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Before, experts believed that the incubation period for the Wuhan coronavirus could be up to 14 days. However, new research shows that it could possibly be as long as 24 days.

The outbreak of the Wuhan coronavirus has now caused the deaths of over 1,000 people. Along with this, it had infected more than 42,500 people globally.

Based on an article from Straits Times, the study was conducted by at least three dozen researchers from Chinese hospitals along with medical schools. In addition, the research was led by Dr. Zhong Nanshan.

Nanshan is a Chinese epidemiologist who discovered and worked to fight against the SARS coronavirus in 2003. He believed that much about the new 2019-nCov was still unknown.

As per the article, an early-identification system might have defects. Because of this, large numbers of infected people could potentially remain undiscovered.

According to the research, only 43.8% of patients developed symptoms. However, 87.9% of them developed a fever following hospitalization.

The absence of fever was also found to be more frequent in the 2019-nCov than in previous coronaviruses like SARS and MERS. This means that if monitoring focused on fever detention, many of the patients could be missed.

The study had also found four out of 62 stool samples (6.5%) tested positive for the virus. In addition, four more patients who were positive with the Wuhan coronavirus tested had the virus detected in their gastrointestinal tract, saliva, or urine.

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