A new study found that it takes an average of five days for one to see or experience the symptoms of the new coronavirus (COVID-19). However, the majority of the people infected are likely to develop and acquire the symptoms within 12 days. This was confirmed by a group of researchers confirmed in a report published in the journal, Annals of Internal Medicine, yesterday.
According to the American College of Physicians, about 97.5% of people infected with COVID-19 will be seen the symptoms within 12 days of contracting the virus.
On average though, the incubation time is five days. This new finding is in line with the present Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations, calling for patients to stay in quarantine for self-isolation or self-quarantine for two weeks or 14 days after potential exposure.
5 Days of Waiting
Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health evaluated reports from roughly 50 provinces, counties, and regions outside of Wuhan, China to identify the incubation period of the virus. In connection to this, researchers have it that around 181 confirmed cases using timeframes for recognizable exposure and onset of the symptom.
According to the said research, the researchers approximated COVID-19's median incubation period to be "5.1 days and 97.5 percent" of individuals who develop symptoms and appear to do so within the range of 11.5 infection days. These estimates indicate that under conventional expectations, 101 in every 10,000 cases, are likely to develop the symptoms following the 14 days or two straight weeks of quarantine or active monitoring, which backs the current recommendations of the CDC.
Symptoms to Watch and Monitor
The COVID-19 symptoms one can experience are the typical symptoms he feels when he is not feeling well. Cough, cold and fever are three of the most commonly felt symptoms. In connection to this, according to CDC, reported illnesses vary and they range from mild symptoms to serious illness and death, "for confirmed COVID-19 cases. Symptoms may appear between two to 14 days after their exposure to the virus. These symptoms include cough, fever, and shortness of breath. The most confirmed cases so far, are in adults, although some children have also been infected.
Now evidence is showing that children are at greater risk for acquiring the virus. Essentially, COVID-19 is possible to spread through contact with some bodily fluids like the droplets in a cough.
Another cause can be through touch. If one touches an infected thing a person infected by coronavirus has touched, and then he touches his hand to his eyes, nose or math, he is also likely to catch the virus.
To diagnose COVID-19, the doctor may run a series of tests to rule out the other common viruses. And, in this case, the doctor may suggest for a self-isolation or self-quarantine to prevent the spread of the said virus.
As for the treatment, at present, there is no vaccine available for COVID-19. There's no treatment available, either. The coronavirus symptoms typically go away on their own.