Every day, dozens of experiments are conducted around the world to try to learn more about the mysterious new coronavirus. Little by little, we learn a little more about this devastating virus even if the certainties are few. As for the infectious period of people with Covid-19.
A new study by Singaporean infectious disease experts shows that patients stop being contagious after eleven days. For them, this would mean that hospitals could release the sick more quickly than they currently do. Because for the time being, as the Mirror explains, people with Covid-19 are only released once they are tested negative for the disease.
However, according to the Singaporean study, they would no longer be contagious (after eleven days) even if they were still “positive”. Explanations. “Based on data accumulated since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the infectious period of coronavirus in symptomatic individuals can begin approximately 2 days before the onset of symptoms and persists approximately 7 to 10 days after the onset of symptoms” , the researchers write in the journal published by the National Center for Infectious Diseases (NCID).
Concretely, after eleven days of illness, the tests can often come back positive because they mistakenly detect fragments that are no longer contagious. “Active viral replication drops quickly after the first week, and no viable virus has been found after the second week of illness,” add the experts.
The fact remains that this new discovery has not yet been confirmed. “The studies are still ongoing and we will get more data,” said one. For the World Health Organization, the incubation period for Covid-19 remains 14 days.