Background: Cases with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) emigrated from Wuhan escalated the risk of spreading in other cities. This report focused on the outside-Wuhan patients to assess the transmission and clinical characteristics of this illness. Methods: Contact investigation was conducted on each patient who admitted to the assigned hospitals in Hunan Province (geographically adjacent to Wuhan) from Jan 22, 2020 to Feb 12, 2020. Demographic, clinical, laboratory and radiological characteristics, medication therapy and outcomes were collected and analyzed. Patients were confirmed by PCR test. Results: Of the 104 patients, 48 (46.15%) were imported cases and 56 (53.85%) were indigenous cases; 93 (89.42%) had a definite contact history with infections. Family clusters were the major body of patients. Transmission along the chain of 3 &ldquo:generations” was observed. Mean age was 43 (rang, 8-84) years (including 3 children) and 49 (47.12%) were male. Most patients had typical symptoms, 5 asymptomatic infections were found and 2 of them infected their relatives. The median incubation period was 6 (rang, 1-32) days, of 8 patients ranged from 18 to 32 days. Just 9 of 16 severe patients required ICU care. Until Feb 12, 2020, 40 (38.46%) discharged and 1 (0.96%) died. For the antiviral treatment, 80 (76.92%) patients received traditional Chinese medicine therapy. Conclusions: Family but not community transmission occupied the main body of infections in the two centers. Asymptomatic transmission demonstrated here warned us that it may bring more risk to the spread of COVID-19. The incubation period of 8 patients exceeded 14 days.
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The authors have declared no competing interest.
### Funding Statement
This study was supported by the Natural Science Foundation of Hunan Province, China (2017JJ3250 and 2019JJ40230) and Project of Science and Technology of Health Commission of Hunan Province, China (B2019034 and B2019035).
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Qiu Chengfeng, Xiao Qian, Liao Xin, Deng Ziwei, Liu Huiwen, Shu Yuanlu, Zhou Dinghui, Deng Ye, Wang Hongqiang, Zhao Xiang, Zhou Jianliang, Wang Jin, Shi Zhihua, Da Long. (2020). Transmission and clinical characteristics of coronavirus disease 2019 in 104 outside-Wuhan patients, China. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press