Coronavirus Spreads from Dead Body in First Reported Case of Its Kind

The forensic practitioner worked in the Thai capital of Bangkok, according to a letter published in the Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine. Further details, including their name and age, were not provided. “According to our best knowledge, this is the first report on COVID-19 infection and death among medical personnel in a forensic medicine unit,” they wrote.In addition, “there is low chance of forensic medicine professionals coming into contact with infected patients, but they can have contact with biological samples and corpses,” they said.They advised forensic professionals to wear protective clothing, including a suit, gloves, goggles, cap and masks when working, and pathology and forensic units must follow disinfection procedures on corpses used in operating rooms. Summer Johnson McGee, a health policy expert at the University of New Haven, also told BuzzFeed News that anyone coming into contact with a body that had tested positive for coronavirus, “dead or alive,” should wear personal protective equipment to avoid spreading the virus.

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