Incubation Period and Other Epidemiological Characteristics of 2019 Novel Coronavirus Infections with Right Truncation: A Statistical Analysis of Publicly Available Case Data

@article{Linton2020IncubationPA,
  title={Incubation Period and Other Epidemiological Characteristics of 2019 Novel Coronavirus Infections with Right Truncation: A Statistical Analysis of Publicly Available Case Data},
  author={Natalie M. Linton and Tetsuro Kobayashi and Yichi Yang and Katsuma Hayashi and Andrei R. Akhmetzhanov and Sung-mok Jung and Baoyin Yuan and Ryo Kinoshita and Hiroshi Nishiura},
  journal={Journal of Clinical Medicine},
  year={2020},
  volume={9}
}
The geographic spread of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infections from the epicenter of Wuhan, China, has provided an opportunity to study the natural history of the recently emerged virus. Using publicly available event-date data from the ongoing epidemic, the present study investigated the incubation period and other time intervals that govern the epidemiological dynamics of COVID-19 infections. Our results show that the incubation period falls within the range of 2-14 days with 95… 
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