Coronavirus and Funerals
Coronavirus is changing how we arrange funeral services. So, it is important how to deal with the dead. Thus far, those who die may become more of a pressing issue. So far, death rates are increasing in most countries.
With COVID-19, people who lose their loved ones may have to contend with additional trauma. Thus far, they may not be able to give a proper farewell to their loved ones. It is because funerals change completely during the pandemic.
The two important things with law’s treatment of human remains is the respect for the dead and public health interests. Thus, the health concerns focus on the risk of disease spread and body decay. During the pandemic the focus shifts to public health. So, to provide respect for the dead, all possible steps takes place.
The Public Health COVID-19 legislations and regulations are put in place. Thus far, the act may have a range of powers. So, these may allow public organisations to respond to the pandemic. These, together with other government regulations may have a significant impact. In fact, it dictates how to conduct a funeral and what may happen to the dead.
The capacity at a funeral keeps changing from time to time. NSW Health Department monitors and establishes guidelines. So far, in the pandemic, the general rule is not to exceed one person per two square metres. Thus far, funerals held at any premises must have a Covid-19 Safety Plan. So, you may complete a safety plan online on NSW Government website. It may take 30 to 40 minutes to make the safety plan. Thus far, a provision to record visitor details is mandatory.
You will help to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 when you practice social distancing. So, maintain 1.5 metres distance. Hence avoid close contact with people you don’t live with. For people who live in the same household do not need keep 1.5 metre distance.
NSW Health recommends that you carry a clean face mask with you. It strongly proposes to wear the mask when you are not able to maintain 1.5 metres of physical distance.
Handling of Bodies
The guidance develops from what is currently known about COVID-19. Thus far, the virus is spread over by contact. The contaminated respiratory releases when infected persons sneeze or cough. It may infect others by contamination of hands and surfaces.
By using appropriate control procedures and infection prevention it reduces the risk of infection. So, one may wear Personal Protection Equipment (PPE). Thus far, funeral directors and mortuary staff are less at risk to contract Covid-19 from deceased persons who may be infected with virus. So far, the greatest risk may be to come from contact with family members.
Thus far, the body is important to put in a body bag. It shloud be secure for transport and to store. Otherwise, wrap in a way that prevents leakage. So, double bagging may help. Label the body bag ‘COVID-19 – Handle with care.’ Furthermore, avoid needless manipulation of the body. It may expel air or fluid from the lungs.
Hence, using precautionary methods should minimise public health challenges. So, it prevents spreading the disease. It highly recommends not to embalm a body that is confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19 infection. Thus far, family viewing of the deceased may occur. However, family members should not have contact with the body. So, if contact happens, perform hand hygiene.
Thus far, use contact and droplet precautions when handling the deceased bodies infected with COVID-19 virus. It recommends wearing suitable PPE at all times when handling deceased bodies. It should not contaminate environmental surfaces.
So far, there is no evidence of an increased risk of transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19 to funeral industry workers. The greatest risk is likely to come from failure to employ infection prevention and control measures. Moreover, contact with family members.
A new strain of coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 causes the COVID-19 disease. It has not been formerly diagnosed in humans. Thus far, the first identification relates to Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. It has caused a huge and ongoing outbreak. Since then, many other countries report of the disease. So far, it includes Australia.
People are at risk of infection if they come in close contact with infected persons. It may be face to face for at least 15 minutes with a peson who has COVID-19.