NHS website - 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:
- chickenpox: 1-3 weeks
- flu: usually around 1-3 days
- whooping cough (pertussis): between 6 and 20 days
- rotavirus: 2 days
- norovirus: 1-2 days
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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