Unnatural Death Among Covid-19 Tested Positive Individuals: A Retrospective Study
Keywords:Covid 19, unnatural deaths, suicide.
Introducction:- Covid 19 started out as a fast-spreading viral disease, in Wuhan in 2019. Soon, it spread across
the globe and WHO declared it a Pandemic. Various countries took various measures to control its spread and
transmission. By the time, countries recovered from it, a new wave would come along with different expressions
When Covid 19 began, various health agencies in India started making protocols and standard ooperating
procedures including conducting autopsies in COVID-19 infected bodies.
Aims and Objectives:- Aim of our study is to analyze cause of death among all covid 19 positive cases brought
for medicolegal autopsies from the time of lockdown for a period of one year. Our aim is to see if there were any
factors which could have prevented these deaths.
Materials and methods: A retrospective study of 1 year conducted from 25th March 2020 to 24th March 2021,
(1st wave of Covid 19) was done in a tertiary care hospital in Bangalore. (Bowring and Lady Curzon hospital)
Results: 39 Covid-19-positive unnatural deaths were handled with the youngest being 18 years old and the oldest
beings 83. The majority turned out to be suicides (51.28%), then RTAs, falls, and natural death. The commonest
method of suicide was hanging (35.89%), followed by poison consumption, and falling from a height.
Conclusion: COVID -19 is a viral infection with variable clinical signs and variable fatality rates. There is much to
learn about it. However, suicides in COVID -19 cases might not have ended death if some care, timely diagnosis,
and treatment were provided.
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