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Italian doctors performed autopsies on bodies of people who died of COVID-19 against WHO protocol.

WHO had not issued an order saying that autopsy should not be performed on COVID-19 cases, but Italy's Ministry of Health urged against the practice.

WHO had not issued an order saying that autopsy should not be performed on COVID-19 cases, but Italy's Ministry of Health urged against the practice.A viral social media post claimed that according to the Italian Ministry of Health, scientists had performed autopsies on bodies of people who died of COVID-19 against the World Health Organization's directives and found out that COVID-19 to be a blood agglutinating disease caused by bacteria and not a virus. However, there is no such announcement made by the Italian Ministry of Health.

WHO released the safety measure for COVID-19 on safety measures for managing bodies on March 24, 2020. These guidelines did not state that countries should not perform post-mortems on people who died from COVID-19.

On February 20, 2020, the first Italian COVID-19 patient was registered in Lombardy. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the board of The Italian Society of Surgical Pathology and Cytology recognized the urgency to provide national recommendations regarding post-mortem studies. They had performed post-mortems on patients who had died of the COVID-19 based on the Italian Ministry of Health's notification, which recommended against performing autopsies on patients who had died due to the disease. (Ref: 1st point on page 4)

The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to a lot of potentially dangerous misinformation. For reliable advice on COVID-19 including symptoms, prevention and available treatment, please refer to the World Health Organisation or your national healthcare authority.

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