- Scientists released a report which confirmed the first coronavirus transmission from a dead body
- A dead patient in Thailand transmitted coronavirus to a medical examiner
- This prompted calls for better protection for morgue workers, as well as enhanced disinfection processes
- Health experts recommend that disinfection procedures carried out in operation rooms might be carried out in forensic and pathology units as well
The first case of coronavirus transmission from a dead body to humans was confirmed by scientists. This was according to a report from the Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine, which was released on April 12, Sunday.
The case happened in Thailand, where the SARS-CoV-2 virus transmitted from a dead patient to a medical examiner.
Because of the findings, scientists noted safety concerns when it comes to morgues and funeral home workers.
As per BuzzFeed, one of the authors of the study, Won Sriwijitalai of Bangkok's RVT Medical Center and Viroj Wiwanitkit of the Hainan Medical University in China, the procedures for disinfection that are used in operation rooms may also be applied in forensic units and pathology units too.
The researchers added that at present, there is no data yet on the number of corpses that are contaminated. They mentioned that examining dead bodies whether COVID-19 positive or not is not yet part of their routine practice.
One professor of pathology, Angelique Corthals from CUNY's John Jay College of Criminal Justice said that taking extra care must not only be for medical examiners. Those working in funeral homes and morgue technicians must also take extra precautions.
There is not much information yet on how long the COVID-19 virus could survive in dead bodies. The best recourse is that anyone who would come into contact with dead bodies must use personal protective equipment.
As per Gulf News, a Dubai forensic expert stated that like all other surfaces, the body of a dead person can spread the virus.
In a previous report by KAMI, doctors have died after being infected by COVID-19. They are among the frontliners who attend to the patients rushing to hospitals amid pandemic.
The coronavirus outbreak started out in Wuhan, Hubei Province of China. Scientists believed that the virus came from an animal at one of Wuhan's wet markets. At present, the Philippines is under a state of calamity while the entire Luzon is under an enhanced community quarantine.
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