Scientists Discover Coronavirus Has An Incubation Period Of Up To 24 Days And Can Survive For 9 Days On A Smooth Surface


by Michael Snyder, End Of The American Dream:

The more we learn about this mysterious new coronavirus, the more alarming this outbreak becomes.  When the virus first began to spread, authorities insisted that it was very unlikely that human to human transmission was taking place.  Of course we soon found out that this virus spreads from person to person incredibly easily.  Initially we were also told that we shouldn’t be afraid to touch a surface that an infected person may have touched because the virus cannot be spread in that manner.  But as you will see below, scientists have now discovered that the virus can actually live for quite a few days on a smooth surface.  Based on what we now know, this outbreak is going to be exceedingly difficult to contain, and that has very serious implications for all of us.

Most of the confirmed cases and deaths are still in China, but the numbers elsewhere in the world have really started to escalate.

On January 20th, there were just four confirmed cases of this coronavirus outside China.

Now that are 464.

That is a hundredfold increase in less than a month, and obviously if the numbers continue to escalate at that rate we are going to be in a massive amount of trouble.

At this point, the World Health Organization is recommending a 14 day quarantine period for those suspected of having the virus, but a new report suggests that may not be enough.  This new report was produced by 37 Chinese experts that are directly involved in the fight against this coronavirus, and it is making headlines all over the globe

The new revelation emerged in a study published yesterday by a group of Chinese researchers on medRxiv, a preprint site for scientific medical papers.

The report was written by 37 specialists, including Dr Zhong Nanshan, who is the leader of a team of medical experts appointed by China’s National Health Commission to deal with the novel coronavirus.

According to the report, the maximum incubation period for this virus is not 14 days as previously believed.

Instead, researchers discovered that the incubation period for some patients can be up to 24 days

The team collected data from 1,099 confirmed coronavirus patients at 552 hospitals in 31 Chinese provinces and municipalities, the report said.

Analysis found that the average incubation period was three days – shorter than 5.2 days suggested in a previous paper – but the range of the a patient’s incubation period could extend from zero to 24 days.

That means that victims can potentially be walking around for more than three weeks without even realizing that they are infected.

And since it isn’t necessary to exhibit any symptoms in order to spread the virus, these “stealth carriers” could end up infecting countless others.

In addition, another new study has found that a coronavirus “can survive on doorknobs and train handrails for up to nine days”

Coronaviruses such as the killer Wuhan strain can survive on doorknobs and train handrails for up to nine days, research has found.

Unless surfaces are disinfected the virus may lurk on them and stay contagious for more than four times as long as the flu, which survives for two days.

Just think about how many surfaces you touch on a daily basis.

If you are like most people, you are constantly touching things with your fingers.

The ability to leave this virus almost anywhere will make it really easy for “super spreaders” to spread this virus around like wildfire.

In essence, we are potentially facing a “stealth outbreak” unlike anything we have ever seen before.

On top of everything else, Chinese officials are also now claiming that this coronavirus can also be spread via aerosol transmission

Zeng Qun, the deputy head of the Shanghai Civil Affairs Bureau, told a press briefing on Saturday that the virus can be spread via direct transmission, which involves contact with the infected person. However, the China Daily newspaper reported Zeng also suggested the new member of the large coronavirus family—which includes infections like the common cold as well as SARS—is capable of aerosol transmission.

At a briefing held by the municipal government on the bug which has killed over 900 people, Zeng said: “Aerosol transmission refers to the mixing of the virus with droplets in the air to form aerosols, which causes infection after inhalation, according to medical experts.”

That means that you don’t even have to touch anything to catch this virus.


If authorities are able to keep this very dangerous outbreak from spreading wildly outside of China, we may still be okay.

But with each passing day the number of cases around the rest of the world just continues to climb.

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