COVID-19 dead can’t spread virus: health officials

Photo: Lim Yuen Chun / Wikimedia Commons
Photo: Lim Yuen Chun / Wikimedia Commons

Following three new COVID-19-related deaths reported on Tuesday, health officials assured the public that the victims’ bodies are unable to spread the virus.

After the son of one victim complained online that no temple was willing to host a funeral for his 70-year-old father because they feared the disease, public health officials yesterday said the virus can not spread since its host died. 

“The contagion of the virus is caused by contact with bodily fluids such as coughing or sneezing, therefore the dead victims cannot do such things … Please don’t worry about hosting a funeral for COVID-19 victims,” said Taweesilp Wissanuyothin of the Disease Control Department. 

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Ekkasith Tundang, 70, was one of three new fatalities reported yesterday. His son, Kumphol Tundang, said that all temples he visited refused to provide services for his father, who died of COVID-19 and tuberculosis. 

According to Apichat Wachirapan, director of the Bamrasnaradura Infectious Diseases Institute, the public shouldn’t be afraid because remains management includes storing bodies inside three, zipped layers, disinfection, and freezing at approximately 4C.

When cremating the body, the high heat will destroy any virus, if there is any left in the body, Apichat said. 

Kumphol last night took to Facebook to thank health officials, the media and a temple in Bangkok’s Minburi district which agreed to host his father’s funeral.


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