COVID-19: General Guidance for the Management of the Dead

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A practical overview of key recommendations for managing infectious human remains in the overall response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The first section provides technical recommendations and guidance to health care and deathcare workers for effectively managing the large numbers of the dead from COVID-19. The second section consists of essential elements that should be addressed by decision makers and leaders of relevant institutions in the absence of an existing mass-fatality response plan.

This resource is part of a Collection of similar guidelines entitled "COVID-19: Management of the Dead", and it is included in the series of Collections supporting response to Covid-19 outbreak. Collections are monitored daily and new content is added.