The Importance of Coronavirus Autopsies

Autopsies are considered a gold standard practice for making a diagnosis for how a person died. They are the best and often only way of seeing the damage a disease, like a novel virus, does to a body. Given the many ways Covid-19 impacts the body, it makes sense that autopsies would provide valuable information in this context. But as Samuel Ashworth reports, many people who have died from the virus have not been given autopsies—which means there’s a lot of missing and potentially helpful data. Read more below.