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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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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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What surfaces need to be disinfected in laboratory spaces and adjoining offices?

Highly touched surfaces such as chairs, desktops, computer keyboards, computer displays, remotes, light switches, elevator buttons, handrails, doorknobs, doors, door push plates, card readers, refrigerator/freezer handles and their doors; equipment panels/switches, benchtops; biosafety cabinet and fume hood sashes and their…

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How effective are prevention measures against COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a new disease so data is limited, but a 2017 CDC report about pandemic flu concluded that actions like the ones listed above dramatically slowed the spread of influenza in communities and reduced the peak number of cases…

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Are there actions parents can take to help minimize the spread of COVID-19?

Yes, we ask that all parents help support our efforts by: Complying with the handwashing guidance when you enter and leave a classroom.Keeping your children home if they have symptoms of illness and especially if they have a fever.Following the…

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How can I disinfect my workplace?

Clean commonly touched surfaces several times per day this includes lab benches, lab equipment, desks, phones, remote controls, printers, fax machines, computer mouses and keyboards. The University recommends that departments or units purchase EPA-registered disinfectants such as single-use disinfectant wipes and multi-surface…

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What should labs do now to reduce the risk of spreading illness?

First and foremost, do not come into the lab unless you are essential staff performing critical functions identified and approved in a Laboratory Research Continuity Plan in Essential Research SmartSheets.To reduce the risk of spreading illness, including COVID-19, colds, and flu, follow…

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