A study of Epidemiological Characteristicsand Weather Elements influencing COVID-19 Positive Autopsy Cases Studied at B.H.U, Varanasi, U.P
Keywords:Autopsy;Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19);Epidemiological characteristics; Geographical distribution; Needless autopsy;Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2);Weather
The ongoing Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) pandemic has prevailed and
continues to persist in the country and the world despite all preventive and regulatory measures taken by the
government, health care and at an individual level. It does beg the question, why?
It can be safely attributed to the fact that we are still learning about the epidemiological factors, the
virological characteristics, clinical profile and the transmission dynamics of the disease. The situation is
particularly challenging when we are coupling research to answer these questions while taking on board,
precautionary measures to contain the tumultuous morbidities and mortality by rationing the scarce resources
and manpower. The present study aims to provide an auxiliary insight into the epidemiological, topographic
and weatherelements influencing COVID-19 from the 34 COVID-19 positive dead bodies sent for autopsy
to Department of Forensic Medicine at Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University from 1 Feb
2020 to 31 March 2021. It also examines the counter productiveness for autopsy in certified cases of death
with COVID-19 positive status in a common mortuary setup in India.
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