First COVID-19 Death After Spreading From Dead Body Reported By Scientists

While it’s unknown as to how long the virus can survive in the body after death, Thailand scientists have identified the first coronavirus (COVID-19) fatality after spreading from a dead body.

While it’s unknown as to how long the virus can survive in the body after death, Thailand scientists have identified the first coronavirus (COVID-19) fatality after spreading from a dead body.

Won Sriwijitalai, of the RVT Medical Center in Bangkok, and Viroj Wiwanitkit, of China’s Hainan Medical University, released their study, stating, “This is the first report on COVID-19 infection and death among medical personnel in a Forensic Medicine unit.”

They add, “The disinfection procedure used in operation rooms might be applied in pathology/forensic units too. At present, there is no data on the exact number of COVID-19 contaminated corpses since it is not a routine practice to examine for COVID-19 in dead bodies in Thailand.” They suggest that forensic workers should “wear protective devices including a protective suit, gloves, goggles, cap and mask.”

Furthermore, health policy expert Summer Johnson McGee of the University of New Haven, says, “Anyone coming into contact with a COVID19 positive body, alive or dead, should be using personal protective equipment to prevent exposure. Autopsies and subsequent investigations present real risks for coroners to acquire COVID-19. We need to take care of the people who take care of the dead.”

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