A new study has suggested that some coronavirus patients might need a quarantine period longer than 14 days to become completely un-contagious.
A total of 175 cases were considered between January 20 and February 12 to reach the conclusion and the study has been detailed in a paper in Cambridge University’s Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology journal.
The first group considered for the test were those people who had travelled to China’s Hubei province and the second group consisted of people who did not travel but were infected by other people.
The average age of the people studied was 41.2 years and travellers to Hubei accounted for 59.8 per cent of the patients.
The study revealed that there was almost no difference in clinical characteristics between the two groups.
The study observed that fever and cough were the most common symptoms.
The study found out that for group of travellers, the minimum incubation period for the virus was one day and the maximum 3.8 days.
The study further found that the for the group on non-travellers, the incubation period for the virus was between 12.1 days and 17.1 days.
This figure is longer than the currently mandated 14 days quarantine period.