Is the risk of infection from Covid-19 still significant in deceased service users?
Yes. The duration SARS-CoV-2 virus (the coronavirus causing Covid-19) remains infectious in body fluids and tissues in the deceased body remains unknown.
Although risk of infectious transmission is lower in deceased than living service users, infection control precautions (SICPs) and transmission-based precautions (TBPs) must be followed with additional precautions for aerosol-generating procedures (AGPs).
Where alternative causes of death are distinctly established with clinical characteristics consistent with known cause, care of the deceased should follow usual management practices.
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