As healthcare systems are overwhelmed with managing a global pandemic to help cure the living, forensic pathologists are doing their share to minimize the pressure on authorities and medical institutions to prevent a pileup of potentially infectious dead bodies.
In an exclusive interview published by The Conversation (US edition), Dr. Ahmad Samarji, Assistant Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Scholar of Forensic Science Education at Phoenicia University, sheds light on the role of forensic pathologists in managing the coronavirus crisis. Dr. Samarji particularly stresses the importance of handling the deceased in an effective manner in order to contain the pandemic and not to jeopardize the efficiency of healthcare systems, stating that "in a pandemic like COVID-19, large numbers of the dead can quickly exceed local capacities if not managed in a timely manner."
Published on April 9, 2020, the interview draws on previous experiences in handling infectious diseases (e.g., Ebola virus disease) in order to provide insights on how to tackle and overcome the challenges the world is currently facing.
The link to the full article is available here.