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Safe management of bodies of deceased persons with suspected or confirmed COVID-19: a rapid systematic review
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    Management of bodies of deceased persons with COVID-19
    • Viroj Wiwanitkit, physician, medical professor Honorary professor, Dr DY Patil University, Pune, India

    The report on "Safe management of bodies of deceased persons with suspected or confirmed COVID-19: a rapid systematic review" is intetresting [1]. Yaacoub et al. concluded that "there is a need for contextual evidence in relation to these proposed management strategies (ie, acceptability, feasibility, impact on equity, resources considerations) [1]". Indeed, the safety issue on practicing with death body during COVID-19 pandemic is interesting but little mentioned. The evidences on possibility of disease transmission from corpse to a living person is not available. Although there is a report on infection in a medical worker who has an occupational job relating to corpse, there is still no scientific confirmation by molecular diagnostic test to confirm that there is a spreading of disease from dead body [2 - 3]. It is apparently that there are attempts for control of possible disease spreading by any settings but the important question is ont he efficacy of rpreventive methods. A simple question is whether we require a routine screening for COVID-19 pathogen in all dead bodies in the present COVID-19. crisis.

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    1. Yaacoub S, Schünemann HJ, Khabsa J, El-Harakeh A, Khamis AM, Chamseddine F, El Khoury R, Saad Z, Hneiny L, Cuello Garcia C, Muti-Schünemann GEU, Bognanni A, Chen C, Chen G, Zhang Y, Zhao H, Abi Hanna P, Loeb M, Piggott T, Reinap M, Rizk N, Stalteri R, Duda S, Solo K, Chu DK, Akl E...

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