The Information Office of the State Council held a press conference at 3 p.m. on Sunday, January 26, 2020, to introduce the joint prevention and control work of the pneumonia outbreak of the new coronavirus infection, and to answer questions from reporters. Ma Xiaowei, director of the National Health and Health Commission, said the new coronavirus is contagious during the incubation period, which is very different from SARS. The outbreak is expected to continue for some time.
Ma Xiaowei said that the current situation of the epidemic is more serious and complex, in the critical period of prevention and control. From the scope of transmission, the current outbreak in Wuhan showed an outbreak trend, and spread throughout the country, the main outbreak area is still in Wuhan, Hubei Province, the country in addition to Tibet 30 provinces have also confirmed cases and suspected cases, neighboring countries have also found cases, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan regions have also been found. From the characteristics of transmission, the patient’s early body temperature is not high, or normal, more cases of mild illness, the infection of the virus has an enhanced trend, the source of walking infection greatly increased the difficulty of prevention and control. The understanding of the new coronavirus is still very limited, the source of infection has not yet found the mechanism of transmission of disease and the risk of mutation is not clear. In other words, a new infectious disease, the virus changes in a period of time there will be some new conditions, the virus in different age groups of the degree of harm is still changing.
Ma Xiaowei said that according to SARS experience, from the discovery to the outbreak of epidemic after three to four months, the initial situation of some mild patients from the observation, the incubation period is about 10 days, the shortest incubation period is one day of disease, the longest incubation period is 14 days, the incubation period is contagious, which is very different from SARS.
Ma Xiaowei said that from the speed of the outbreak, the outbreak will continue for some time, in the future for some time there will be a number of case growth is a possible phenomenon. With the adoption of personnel control measures in Wuhan area, all over the country put forward the corresponding measures on the health practice level, prevention and control efforts will be further strengthened, in a period of time the prevention and control measures will play an effect, the epidemic intensity will decline.