ColdChef in the time of COVID December 26, 2020 3:22 PM Subscribe
MeFi's Own ColdChef is featured in a story in the Guardian: 'Humans need the ritual of saying goodbye': the Covid life of a small-town funeral director
Because he was raised in a funeral home, Charlet knows how to prepare for the worst. He was taught at a young age to fill up the gas tank on the hearse before the local high school prom, in case there were deaths resulting from drunk-driving accidents.
But even Charlet wasn’t prepared for the Covid-19 pandemic. “The first couple of months, it was really scary because there wasn’t a lot of guidance on what we were supposed to do,” he said. A short supply of body bags meant some bodies had to be wrapped in sheets.
That worried Charlet because he was unsure about the risk of catching Covid-19 from a dead body. Charlet and other members of the staff went above and beyond to try to protect themselves by wearing surgical gowns everywhere they went. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has since said that the risk of being infected from a dead body is low, because they do not exhale.