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Do research sponsors have specific policies on disasters, emergencies, or COVID-19?

NIH Extramural Response to Natural Disasters and Other Emergencies: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/natural_disasters.htmNSF Responses to Natural Disasters: https://www.nsf.gov/naturaldisasters/ Please check the sponsor websites and the ORA and RMG websites for current information regarding sponsor guidance, including guidance related to COVID-19 specifically.

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What is social distancing and how does it apply to labs?

The goal of social distancing is to reduce virus transmission by decreasing the frequency and duration of social contact amongst healthy individuals. CDC describes it as “common-sense approaches to limiting face-to-face contact…” but it is not intended to completely eliminate…

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Can human subjects and external research study personnel still come to campus?

Stanford has established guidance whereby human subjects and external research study personnel comply with the CDC guidance for self-isolation and self-quarantine. This means that certain prospective visitors are not permitted to visit Stanford facilities to participate in research activities, including…

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Can employees receive a stipend to purchase an ergonomic desk and chair?

While stipends for ergonomic desks and chairs are not available, you are encouraged to watch a pre-recorded session of the Ergonomics at Home webinar hosted by Environmental Health & Safety, which offers tips and do-it-yourself (DIY) hacks for setting up a…

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How can we promote effective handwashing in our labs and offices?

Where available, use hand sanitizer stations. Ensure your break areas and lab sink areas have a mounted soap dispenser with soap.  Contact facilities management to obtain a mounted dispenser and refills. Post handwashing signs in bathrooms and break areas.  The…

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What are some recommended daily hygiene practices?

Limit touching your face (eyes, nose, mouth) and having close contact with others. Wash your hands and/or use hand sanitizer frequently. Keep a 6-foot distance from others to reduce potential person-to-person transmission.  Sneeze into your arm to reduce the spread…

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