Why It’s Important to Know the Incubation Period

From an epidemiologist’s brain, to yours

The incubation period for a disease is the time between when a person is exposed to a pathogen and when they develop symptoms from it. According to Cherise Rohr-Allegrini, PhD, an epidemiologist and tropical disease scientist who has been writing frequently on Medium lately, understanding a virus’ incubation period is “essential in public health planning, because we need to know how long contacts to a case must be followed before they can be declared uninfected.”




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