CORONAVIRUS has an incubation period of just 5.1 days, scientists have discovered in a finding which could save countless lives.
Coronavirus has now hit more than 137,000 people across the planet, with the World Health Organization (WHO) officially labelling it a pandemic. The death toll for coronavirus is at 5,079 at the time of writing, although more than 69,000 people have now recovered.
Was there really a conspiracy among the health workers?
Researchers are learning more about the virus which unleashed itself upon humanity at the end of 2019 by the day, and the latest discovery has revealed the incubation period. The incubation period of a virus is the point where one first catches it to the point where one starts to show symptoms.
Experts at Johns Hopkins University have found that COVID-19 has an incubation period of 5.1 days. By this analysis, the 14 day quarantine period is spot on, according to the researchers.
The study states that for every 10,000 individuals quarantined for 14 days, only about 101 would develop symptoms after being released from quarantine.
Justin Lessler, an associate professor in the Bloomberg School’s Department of Epidemiology, said: “Based on our analysis of publicly available data, the current recommendation of 14 days for active monitoring or quarantine is reasonable, although with that period some cases would be missed over the long-term.”
The Mortality Rate Issue
Six people in the UK have now died as a result of the disease in the UK, with 373 confirmed cases in Britain. Italy has suspended all sporting activity, with 463 people dying from coronavirus in the worst affected European nation.
Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte ordered people to stay home, saying: “We’re having an important growth in infection and of deaths. The whole of Italy will become a protected zone.
Some experts believe coronavirus could be with us for good. Amesh Adalja, an infectious-disease expert at the Johns Hopkins Centre for Health Security, told Business Insider: “This is going to be with us for some time – it’s endemic in human populations and not going to go away without a vaccine.
It may decrease in transmission frequency so that you’ll be able to have time to get a vaccine scaled up by the next appearance of it.
The Revealed Truth
Christopher Robertson, a professor of law, and Keith Joiner, professor of medicine, economics and health promotions science, both from The University of Arizona, have stated that air travel is by far the easiest way to spread disease across the globe, and believe something should be done about that.
The duo argues in a piece for the Conversation: “What is now beyond dispute is that airplanes are giving the virus a big boost. Air travel is a way to spread many virulent infectious diseases, including diphtheria, hepatitis A, influenza A, and B, measles, mumps, meningococcus, rubella, tuberculosis, norovirus – the list goes on. There is no doubt that close contact, especially when prolonged, spreads the contagion.
This is true for respiratory droplets, direct skin contact, and sometimes, fecal or oral spread. Making matters much worse: Airlines, taking people from place to place, turn what might otherwise be local outbreaks into worldwide crises. It’s hard to conceive a more efficient way to spread infectious disease.”
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