AIIMS doctors to study how long Covid-19 survives in a corpse

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AIIMS doctors to study how long Covid-19 survives in a corpse

May 22, 2020 17:10 IST

AIIMS doctors are mulling an autopsy of a Covid-19 victim to study how long the coronavirus can survive in a corpse and if it can transmit the infection, the Delhi hospital's forensic chief said. The study can also help us understand the virus' effect on organs. As per the current scientific literature, the virus gradually decreases with time in a dead body but there is no specific time limit to declare the body non-infective. Non-invasive autopsy technique as described in ICMR guidelines should be used, if at all required, to prevent the risk of spreading the infection to mortuary staff and other entities concerned with the handling of bodies.

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