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Source: SARS-CoV-2 Viral Persistence  Feb 20, 2022  2 years, 1 day, 17 hours, 54 minutes ago

BREAKING! Corpse Test Positive For SARS-CoV-2 Virus For 28 Times Six Weeks After Death Indicating Long Term Viral Persistence!

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BREAKING! Corpse Test Positive For SARS-CoV-2 Virus For 28 Times Six Weeks After Death Indicating Long Term Viral Persistence!
Source: SARS-CoV-2 Viral Persistence  Feb 20, 2022  2 years, 1 day, 17 hours, 54 minutes ago
SARS-CoV-2 Viral Persistence: Italian researchers from the University of Chieti-Pescara “G. d’Annunzio” have in a new case study reported of a corpse of a of a Ukrainian man who died from drowning in Italy testing positive for COVID-19 as many as 28 times in the six weeks after his death!

The case study importantly reflects the presence of viral persistence in dead human host bodies and stresses the importance of the safety precautions to be taken in handling human corpses and cadavers and that even non-proper last-minute rights involving burial instead of cremation can lead to viral contamination in the ecosystem and the possibility of the virus spreading to wild animals etc.
Despite numerous studies on the survival rate of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and its infectivity outside of the human host on various surfaces and objects, little is known about virus persistency in dead bodies and the risk of contagion from cadavers.
This case report shows the persistency of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 viral genome in nasopharyngeal swabs performed on a drowned Caucasian man, aged 41 years old, who was completely asymptomatic when he was alive, up to 41 days after death.
Specific real-time reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (TaqMan 2019-nCoV Assay Kit v2; Thermo Fisher Scientific, Italy and Realquality RQ-SARS-CoV-2, AB Analytical) was used to evaluate the swabs.
The findings from this case study reflect the importance of postmortem swabs in all autopsy cases, and not only in potential severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2-related death, and also highlight the necessity to evaluate virus positivity a long time after the moment of death, even if a low initial viral load was assessed.
The case report was published in the peer reviewed Journal of Medical Case Reports.
This is the first study to date that reflects how long the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus can survive in its infectious state in a dead human body.

The SARS-CoV-2 Viral Persistence case report showed that over a period of 41 days, 28 tests were carried out on the corpse, and they all turned out to be positive. The man’s body was kept at 4C in the morgue at Chieti Hospital inside a sealed waterproof bag.

There was a controversial paper published in 2020 in the Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine reporting the case of the possibility of a Thai forensic staff fatally contracting the SARS-CoV-2 virus from a COVID-19 infected dead body!

Already studies have shown that in the living human body, the SARS-CoV-2 virus can remain active in deep tissues and organs for a very long time and that viral persistence was a common occurrence even in those who had tested negati ve and had been cleared as having ‘recovered’ from the COVID-19 disease using nasal or saliva swab tests!
Interestingly, studies underway that have yet to be published also indicates that the newer Omicron variants and sub-variants are better suited for viral persistence in the living human host body as they can not only evade both natural and vaccine induced immunity but is able to disrupt and also cause the immunity system to become dysfunctional, aiding in its viral persistence in the human host and not causing much symptoms till sufficient damage has been done in the interim period!
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