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Published: 2020-07-07
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COVID-19 and management of the corpse

Private Academic Consultant, Dr DY Patil University, Pune, India
Honorary professor, Dr DY Patil University, Pune, India

Abstract

Dear Editor, we found that the publication on “Management of the corpse with suspect, probable or confirmed COVID-19 respiratory infection - Italian interim recommendations for personnel potentially exposed to material from corpses, including body fluids, in morgue structures and during autopsy practice” is very interesting 1. In fact, the management of dead body is an important issue but rarely mentioned. There is a risk of possible disease transmission from corpse to practitioner or other persons who come into contact with the corpse. The first possible case of COVID-19 transmitted from corpse by Sriwijitalai and Wiwanitkit is good evidence for the urgent need to implement good protection of disease from dead body 2.

Dear Editor, we found that the publication on “Management of the corpse with suspect, probable or confirmed COVID-19 respiratory infection - Italian interim recommendations for personnel potentially exposed to material from corpses, including body fluids, in morgue structures and during autopsy practice” is very interesting 1. In fact, the management of dead body is an important issue but rarely mentioned. There is a risk of possible disease transmission from corpse to practitioner or other persons who come into contact with the corpse. The first possible case of COVID-19 transmitted from corpse by Sriwijitalai and Wiwanitkit is good evidence for the urgent need to implement good protection of disease from dead body 2.

References

  1. Fineschi V, Aprile A, Aquila I, Italian Society of Anatomical Pathology and Cytology (SIAPEC). Management of the corpse with suspect, probable or confirmed COVID-19 respiratory infection - Italian interim recommendations for personnel potentially exposed to material from corpses, including body fluids, in morgue structures and during autopsy practice. Pathologica. 2020; 112:64-77. DOI
  2. Sriwijitalai W, Wiwanitkit V. COVID-19 in forensic medicine unit personnel: observation from Thailand. J Forensic Leg Med. 2020; 72:101964. DOI

Affiliations

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Copyright

© Società Italiana di Anatomia Patologica e Citopatologia Diagnostica, Divisione Italiana della International Academy of Pathology , 2020

How to Cite

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Joob, B. and Wiwanitkit, V. 2020. COVID-19 and management of the corpse. Pathologica - Journal of the Italian Society of Anatomic Pathology and Diagnostic Cytopathology. 112, 2 (Jul. 2020), 78-78. DOI:https://doi.org/10.32074/1591-951X-133.
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