George Floyd autopsy reveals he had coronavirus infection before murder

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office in Minnesota has released its full, 20-page autopsy report on George Floyd’s death.

The 46-year-old father-of-two died at the hands of a white police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota last week, when the officer pressed his knee into Mr Floyd’s neck for nine minutes.

According to the autopsy, Mr Floyd’s official cause of death is listed as “cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdual, restrain, and neck compression” – which means, in plain English, the knee pressed into Mr Floyd’s neck resulted in cardiac arrest.

The examiner found Mr Floyd had a number of injuries, including “cutaneous blunt force injuries” on his forehead, face and upper lip, “mucosal injuries” inside his lips, “blunt force injuries” on his shoulders, hands, elbows and legs and “patterned contusions of the wrists”, which were caused by handcuffs.

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He suffered from three underlying conditions – severe “arteriosclerotic heart disease”, “hypertensive heart disease” and an “incidental” tumour on the left side of his pelvis.

But the autopsy also revealed Mr Floyd had contracted the coronavirus at some point.

A nasal swab taken after his death tested positive for the disease, but he appears to have contracted it almost two months earlier.

“The decedent was known to be positive for 2019-nCoV RNA on 4/3/2020. Since PCR positivity for 2019-nCoV RNA can persist for weeks after the onset and resolution of clinical disease, the autopsy result most likely reflects asymptomatic but persistent PCR positivity from previous infection,” the autopsy stated.

It does not suggest the disease contributed to Mr Floyd’s death in any way.

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