BANGKOK, July 21 (TNA) – The bodies of dead COVID-19 patients are noncontagious, assured the Forensic Physician Association of Thailand.
Dr Smith Srisont, president of the association, said there was misunderstanding about the bodies of COVID-19 infected people that they could transmit the virus and the people who handled the bodies must wear protective gear.
He said that corpses could not transmit diseases, COVID-19 bodies were put in body bags with zippers and undertakers did not have to wear protective suits. Besides, incineration at 5,000-6,000 degrees Celsius completely destroyed corpses and disease, he said.
The association already informed the National Office of Buddhism of the matter last year and the Royal College of Pathologists of Thailand would disseminate guidelines on the issue this week, Dr Smith said. He asked all temples to accept the bodies of COVID-19 infected people for incineration to relieve morgue congestion at hospitals.
People should not panic while seeing dead bodies in public places because corpses would not transmit diseases. People only should refrain from touching corpses and contact rescue workers or police to handle them, Dr Smith said. (TNA)