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Coronavirus found in lungs of victim during autopsy a month after death

Updated: Mar 30, 2023

Coronavirus can be found in dead human tissue after almost a month, scientists have found. After performing an autopsy on a #covid19 victim 27 days after death, researchers in the U.K. found SARS-CoV-2 present in the lungs, despite a nasal and throat swab taken after death testing negative for the virus.

The researchers, writing in BMJ Case Reports, say the discovery "may have a significant effect on the handling of laboratory specimens as well as the disposal of the dead body and these protocols need to be reviewed to reflect this finding."


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