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Incubation period: Evidences on SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19)

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We present to you a series of daily questions related to various aspects of COVID-19, which summarizes what is known and what additional information is needed.Incubation Period (Part 4)How long after the infection do symptoms appear? Are people infectious during this time?What do we know?The best estimate of the incubation period of COVID-19 at present stands at 5.1 days, with 99% of individuals exhibiting symptoms within 14 days following exposure.1Less than 2.5% of infected individuals exhibit symptoms sooner than 2 days following exposure. 1The range of incubation periods is wide, with estimates of 24,2 3, 3 and 18 days.4COVID-19 test can be positive in individuals lacking clinical symptoms.2,5-8Individuals can be infectious while they are asymptomatic.7-10  Additionally, asymptomatic individuals can carry similar amounts of virus in their nose and throat as s...
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