Coronavirus: WHO Says Dead Bodies Not Infectious
Coronavirus: WHO Says Dead Bodies Not Infectious

The World Health Organisation, WHO says that except in cases of hemorrhagic fevers such as Ebola, Marburg and cholera, dead bodies from COVID-19 are generally not infectious.

WHO said this in its interim guidance on ‘Infection Prevention and Control for safe management of a dead body in the context of COVID-19’.

It added that only the lungs of patients with pandemic influenza, if handled improperly during an autopsy, could be infectious.

The World health body said otherwise, cadavers do not transmit disease. It is a common myth that persons who have died of a communicable disease should be cremated, but this is not true. Cremation is a matter of cultural choice and available resources.

WHO added that to date, there was no evidence of persons having become infected from exposure to the bodies of persons who died from COVID-19.

It said that people may die of COVID-19 in the health care facilities, home or in other locations, adding that the safety and well-being of everyone who tends to bodies should be the first priority.