Source: Public Health England

The Government has published information to assist people who may come into contact with the bodies of deceased persons infected with Coronavirus.

This guidance has been developed to ensure that:

  • the bodies of those people who have died as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19) and the bereaved family of the deceased are treated with sensitivity, dignity and respect
  • people who work in these services and mourners are protected from infection

This guidance remains under review and may be updated in line with the changing situation as required.

What you need to know

Those handling bodies should be aware that there is likely to be a continuing risk of infection from the body fluids and tissues of cases where coronavirus (SARS-CoV2) infection is identified, through either a clinical diagnosis or laboratory confirmation.

What to do if someone in your household dies of Coronavirus

If you are a member of the public or a family member and you come into contact with a deceased person who has been confirmed as having coronavirus (COVID-19), or who had symptoms of the infection, try not to come into direct contact with them.

Move to at least 2 metres away or another room. Please call the GP (if the GP is not available you will be connected to out of hours) or 111 for further advice. If the death was unexpected and you have not been engaging with the healthcare system regarding the patient’s condition prior to the death, please call 999 and explain the situation.

Guidance for communities following a death

There is an increased risk of transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19) where families and communities come together following the death of a loved one, from any cause. While recognising the importance of these rituals and gatherings, it is strongly advised that the actions detailed in the following sections are taken to reduce the spread of infection, particularly to vulnerable people who are at risk of developing a severe infection.

Full information for those arranging a funeral can be found here.