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RCPath briefing on COVID-19

This briefing is for mortuary staff and pathologists who are potentially exposed to material including body fluids from the deceased in the mortuary.



This brief guidance has been produced by RCPath following the outbreak of the COVID-19 infection in China. It is produced to aid mortuary staff and pathologists in deciding if a post mortem is appropriate on a possible COVID-19 death and to advise them on the possible risks associated with such a case and how to reduce these risks. It also covers diagnosis of COVID-19 at post mortem.

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