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What's the soonest I'll feel sick after exposure to the coronavirus?

Last Updated Apr 30, 2020 at 11:23 am PST

This 2020 electron microscope image made available by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows the spherical particles of the new coronavirus, colorized blue, from the first U.S. case of COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Hannah A. Bullock, Azaibi Tamin/CDC via AP

NEWS 1130 listener wants to know how quickly COVID-19 symptoms will appear after coming into contact with coronavirus

A person with the virus could start feeling sick as soon as two days after getting it

NEWS 1130 is working hard to get you the information you need about the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are responding to your questions in a segment we call NEWS 1130 Gets Answers.


This question came to us from Dot: “What period of time is the very soonest that symptoms could appear after exposure to the virus?


Two days.

That’s the soonest reported onset of symptoms, according to several official sources, including the Mayo Clinic and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Some studies and health officials suggest the minimum time for someone to start feeling sick could be longer.

But keep in mind the gestation period for COVID-19 has so far shown to be as long as 14 days, meaning you can spread the coronavirus for up to two weeks after coming into contact with it – even when you are asymptomatic.

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