What is the incubation period for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)?

Updated: Jun 16, 2020
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The incubation period for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is believed to extend to 14 days, with a median time of 4-5 days from exposure to symptomatic onset. [1]  In one study, 97.5% of symptomatic patients developed symptoms within 11.5 days of becoming infected with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). [1]

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