Multiple contact dates and SARS incubation periods

Emerg Infect Dis. 2004 Feb;10(2):207-9. doi: 10.3201/eid1002.030426.


Many severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) patients have multiple possible incubation periods due to multiple contact dates. Multiple contact dates cannot be used in standard statistical analytic techniques, however. I present a simple spreadsheet-based method that uses multiple contact dates to calculate the possible incubation periods of SARS.

MeSH terms

  • Contact Tracing
  • Disease Outbreaks
  • Humans
  • Models, Statistical
  • Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome / epidemiology
  • Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome / etiology*
  • Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome / transmission
  • Time Factors