This document provides guidance on the management, or handling, of the remains of people believed or confirmed to have died from coronavirus disease (COVID-19). It is meant to give a practical overview of key recommendations for managing infectious human remains to practitioners, managers and planners, including decision-makers involved in the overall response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It complements existing guidance on managing the dead in situations requiring the advice and support of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
The document is intended for those directly or indirectly involved in the management of the dead during the pandemic. Part 1 provides general guidance and support for the management of the dead. Part 2 provides general guidance and support to the authorities in their response to an increase in deaths during the pandemic.