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Saturday, March 28, 2020

While funeral workers enter the story of a coronavirus victim's life later than doctors and nurses, they similarly face the risk of falling ill themselves. Per the Centers for Disease Control, "scientists and researchers have not determined how long the virus remains virulent in the body after death." Research does suggest, though, that it can live up to three hours after being aerosolized (sprayed in the air) and up to two to three days on some surfaces, including plastic and stainless steel.

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The possible risk for coronavirus spread is twofold: longevity on surfaces the body has touched, as well as dissemination through the air. While a body is being embalmed, air is released from the lungs, which can expel the virus, making it particularly risky for workers lacking the proper protection.

"The dead body is still very dangerous," Frazetta said. "Not to mention another thing looking at a corona case, when the family wants to come and make arrangements, you gotta figure they were around the decedent who had corona. They may very well be asymptomatic, but you're opening yourself up to the family as well."

Hadn't even really thought about all the people who'll come in contact with corona corpses and how they're going to have to take extraordinary precautions at a time of likely record-breaking volume.

On the business side of things, I wonder if the smart money already drove casket company stocks through the roof?

One undeniable thing about the coronavirus, it will be a boon for the funeral industry even if normal services cannot be held for the foreseeable future. I'm sure there will be premium charges for the disposal of infected corpses due to the inherent danger of processing them. Cha-ching.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-03-27 09:52 PM | Reply

That should give funeral owners something to think about before having sex with the corpse.

#2 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2020-03-27 10:10 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Takes forever to reduce a body into flushable chunks. Stupid low flow toilets

#3 | Posted by visitor_ at 2020-03-27 11:22 PM | Reply

That should give funeral owners something to think about before having sex with the corpse.
#2 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2020-03-27 10:10 PM | Reply | Flag:

Takes forever to reduce a body into flushable chunks. Stupid low flow toilets
#3 | Posted by visitor_ at 2020-03-27 11:22 PM | Reply | Flag:

When I engage in Black humor, it's to relieve feelings of stress.

When you guys do it it's to help Trump.

#4 | Posted by Zed at 2020-03-28 09:14 AM | Reply

I have been waiting to hear what they are doing with the bodies.

I just read this fascinating book by Catlin Doughty called "Smoke gets in your eyes."

It is about her time working in a crematorium.

What a fascinating story.

Someone has to deal with death directly. Someone has to process the bodies.

And in a circumstance like this....

The devil is always in the details.

#5 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-03-28 12:56 PM | Reply

In Iran they're digging mass graves.

Trump is bringing that here.

#6 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2020-03-28 01:26 PM | Reply

In Iran they're digging mass graves.

Trump is bringing that here.

#6 | POSTED BY BRUCEBANNER

Take the dead to the White House.

#7 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-03-28 01:59 PM | Reply

Deathcare?

Is that what they are calling trumps health care plan now?

Sounds about right.

Hundreds of thousands of Americans may die under Trumpy's watch.

Deathcare indeed.

#9 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-03-29 11:17 AM | Reply

This is stupid

#8 | POSTED BY MATOEMO

Indeed. Never been thru such stupid times.

Thanks for the memories deplorables.

#10 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-03-29 11:18 AM | Reply

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