A medical examiner in Thailand is said to have gotten COVID-19 from a dead patient.
This is the first known case of a dead person transmitting the virus to a living person. According to BuzzFeed News the coroner died from coronavirus.
Since COVID-19 is so new, medical experts are learning every day how it spreads and what effect it has on the body.
Due to this latest finding published in Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine study on Sunday, Angelique Corthals, a professor of pathology at CUNY’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice says now, “Not just the medical examiners, but morgue technicians and the people in funeral homes need to take extra care.”
Since this finding is so new, experts do not know how long the virus can survive in someone’s body after they have been infected by the illness. Covid-19′ is not the only disease that lives on in a deceased body. Ebola, hepatitis, tuberculosis, and cholera all have been shown active in corpses.