No risk of coronavirus infection after 12-24 hours of COVID-19 patient’s death

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Deccan Express

The second wave of corona also increased mortality rate with increased infection. Even family members avoid taking possession of such bodies. In such a scenario, research by doctors at AIIMS Hospital in Delhi has revealed that the corona virus does not remain active in the nose and throat 12 to 24 hours after the death of an infected person. AIIMS forensic chief Dr. Sudhir Gupta said the virus did not remain in the infected body for 12 to 24 hours. Therefore, the risk of corona infection is not high. The research examined about 100 bodies. He said their investigation report was negative.

The Department of Forensic Medicine at AIIMS has been conducting year-round studies on corona-positive medico-legal bodies. The nose and throat should be closed for safety reasons to prevent fluid from escaping from the body. At the same time, doctors said that handlers should wear mask gloves and PPE kits.

There is no risk of infection from the bone. Therefore, his bones and ashes are completely safe after cremation. In May 2020, the AIIMS issued a guideline following the deaths of corona patients. Autopsies should be more careful. It was said that exposure to the fluid in the body of the deceased could also lead to exposure to life-threatening diseases.

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