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Am I at risk if I go to a funeral for someone who died of COVID-19?
There is currently no known risk associated with being in the same room at a funeral or visitation service with the body of someone who died of COVID-19. Anyone who is sick should stay home. These actions help prevent people from getting sick and help stop the spread of the virus.
Does COVID-19 affect whether the funeral takes place through burial or cremation?
COVID-19 does not need to affect whether the funeral takes place through burial or cremation. Wishes of your deceased family member or friend may continue to be honored.
What are some alternatives to funeral arrangements during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Consider having virtual or phone meetings instead of in-person meetings with funeral home staff, cemetery staff, clergy or officiants, and others to plan funeral arrangements.
Is there any special funeral handling for people who died because of the coronavirus disease?
People who died from COVID-19 can be buried or cremated. But check for any additional tribal, state, local, or territorial requirements that may dictate the handling and disposition of the body of individuals who have passed from certain infectious diseases.
Is COVID-19 similar to SARS?
The novel coronavirus detected in China in 2019 is closely related genetically to the SARS-CoV-1 virus. SARS emerged in late 2002 in China and caused more than 8 000 cases in 33 countries over the course of eight months. Around one in 10 people who developed SARS died.
In the first eleven months of the COVID-19 pandemic (from 31 December 2019 to 14 December 2020), there were over 71 million cases worldwide and more than 1 600 000 deaths.
Are the elderly more vulnerable to the coronavirus disease?
The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the global population in drastic ways. In many countries, older people are facing the most threats and challenges at this time. Although all age groups are at risk of contracting COVID-19, older people face significant risk of developing severe illness if they contract the disease due to physiological changes that come with ageing and potential underlying health conditions.
Can COVID-19 vaccines protect people against the SARS-CoV-2 virus when it has mutated?
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Is it normal to experience pandemic fatigue during the COVID-19 pandemic?
In recent weeks, many countries have been reporting an increase in “pandemic fatigue” people are feeling demotivated about following recommended behaviours to protect themselves and others from the virus.Finding effective ways to tackle this fatigue and reinvigorate public vigilance is a growing challenge as the crisis continues. Pandemic fatigue evolves gradually over time and is affected by the cultural, social, structural and legislative environment.
Can masks prevent the transmission of COVID-19?