Coronavirus: Can dead people transmit COVID-19?

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Can a person who has died of COVID-19 infect others? The answer to this is a resounding yes.

Dr Singh said under the circumstances, it is advised that the body be disposed of under controlled conditions, either through burial or cremation as soon as possible. He cautioned that the body must not be left out in open.

Burial or cremation?

Both methods are recommended under controlled conditions.

“In burial, certain chemicals are added for accelerated decomposition and in cremation, the high temperatures also will help the virus to be contained,” added Dr Singh.

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Dr Chaturvedi cited the instance of China where cremations were being carried out for all COVID-19 victims.

“We must emulate the experience of China where mass cremations were carried out,” he said.

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