- New regulations introduced in New York will promote the testing of corpses for COVID-19 and flu.
- The new rules require that people who have died from a suspected respiratory illness be tested within 48 hours of their death.
- The rules, which came into effect on 1 September, are an attempt to ensure accurate death data in the coming months.
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New York is suppressing its COVID-19 and flu tests on autopsies in an effort to collect more accurate data about both diseases.
The new rules, which came into effect from 1 September, require that people who died in hospital or nursing homes with respiratory disease – but were not diagnosed before 14 days – of flu and coronavirus within 48 days Be tested within. Hours of death.
Medical examiners and funeral home directors will also be responsible for testing the bodies of those killed outside the hospital or in an extended care setting, according to regulations.
Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker said, “While this virus living in New York has taken a toll, we will ensure these regulations make sure we have the death toll possible.”
Since the onset of the coronovirus outbreak in New York, 439,501 people have tested positive and about 33,000 have died, according to Johns Hopkins University data.
Within the last month, however, less than 1% of those tested for the virus have achieved positive results, a major improvement since the initial months of the epidemic.
Experts hope that postmortem, after collecting the increased data, will help monitor the prevalence of both novel coronaviruses and the common flu, and ensure that people who had close contact with victims, if necessary, They should be informed about the need for quarantine.
Additionally, now an increase in these regulations will encourage New York counties to increase their testing capabilities before the cold season, when respiratory illnesses will increase, Dr. Dr., a clinical pathologist at Mount Sinai Hospital. Mary Fox told the New York Times. .
“Good quality health data helps inform good quality public health decisions and this information will strengthen our contact tracing efforts and slow the spread of this virus,” Zakar said.