Welcome back to this week’s episode of Know Your Data – a series that helps you unpack the charts, tables and language that you’re seeing every day in relation to COVID-19 data, so you can figure out what it means for you right now.
In this episode, Alan Schwarz and I are going to be looking at a phrase we’re all hearing, all the time, all over the world: incubation period. This is the time between a person being infected and then showing symptoms. This means that during the incubation period, people are unknowingly contagious and risk spreading the virus to others. The length of this delay subsequently has a huge effect on how fast the disease spreads. It’s therefore vital to understand how the length of this period impacts the data we’re seeing every day and the context behind some of the numbers being reported. We hope this episode provides some clarity for those overwhelmed or confused by the data they’re seeing reported.
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In the meantime, please stay safe!