What are the incubation periods for infections?

The incubation period is the time between catching an infection and symptoms appearing. Incubation periods vary, depending on the type of infection

Infection incubation periods

Below are examples of the incubation periods for some infections:

Infectious period

The infectious period is not necessarily the same as the incubation period. With some viruses, such as chickenpox, the person may be infectious before symptoms start to show.  

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