Monday, February 10, 2020

Short video.... How to explain to patients about the infectivity of the coronavirus during the incubation period and the importance of self quarantine during this period

If we have had a significant exposure to the novel coronavirus eg coming back from a high risk area like Wuhan or other areas as updates are available, we are advised to self quarantine for 14 days. So why is that? We believe that the coronavirus has an incubation period of around 14 days and during this period, despite having no symptoms, we may still spread the infection. The incubation period is defined as the period between the exposure to the infection and the appearance of symptoms from that infection. Hence, it is very important that we self isolation or self quarantine for 14 days after exposure to the virus. If after 14 days and you do not have symptoms, you are then regarded as not having contracted the disease.

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