At Desselle Funeral Home in Baton Rouge, business is busier than usual.
“Putting in longer days and longer nights.”
Owner Jonathan Rose said, the high volume is partially due to the coronavirus.
“We’ve seen an increasing amount of deaths come through the funeral home since the Covid-19 virus has appeared.”
He said, his team is now taking extra protective measures when dealing with people who have died from the virus.
“Making sure that we are wearing the proper protective equipment throughout the process, this has just heightened the way that we handle things” said Rose.
Doctor Alex Billioux with the Louisiana Office of Public Health said, right now, it’s unclear if the virus could be passed from a carrier, after they die.
“One of the things we can say because we do see people who are tested after they die. Um, it’s pretty reliably for up to 72 hours afterward. We’re seeing tests results come back positive. What we don’t know is if that virus itself is still able to infect people” said Billioux.
Rose said, it’s that statement that now has him in fear.
“The hardest part for me out of all this is the unknown.”
He said, seeing firsthand what this virus is capable of doing. He too is urging everyone to stay safe.
“They’re not just saying these things just to be saying them. We’re at the end result of what happens to someone that couldn’t fight off this disease. It’s serious and people are dying.”