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How long does it take for a disinfectant to kill the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2)?

Consult the product label for the contact time or dwell time. Cleaning wipes do not kill the virus, so be sure to use disinfecting wipes and follow the instructions carefully. Disinfecting wipes must remain wet to be effective.  Be sure…

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Will I continue to have access to my research building?

Currently, all buildings are locked 24/7, and you will be required to use your University or Stanford Medicine lD to enter your building.You should not come to your campus workspace unless you have explicit permission from your School leadership and,…

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What is the recommended practice for disinfecting surfaces?

Wear disposable gloves and eye protection when disinfecting surfaces, and ensure the area has good ventilation. If the area does not have good ventilation, disinfect and leave the area until the surfaces have dried. Discard gloves after each cleaning and…

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What is the difference between cleaning and disinfecting?

Cleaning refers to the removal of germs, dirt, and impurities from surfaces. Cleaning does not kill germs, but by removing them, it lowers their numbers and the risk of spreading infection. Disinfecting refers to using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces. This…

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How can we prepare for a shortage of crucial supplies or disruption in vendor services?

Assess which supplies or services are truly critical.Contact vendors now regarding the potential for disruption. Identify alternative sources.For supplies or services that would be needed even during research curtailment, work with your group and with your department or building manager…

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What factors did the university consider when adopting the Satisfactory/No Credit grading policy for spring 2020?

During such distressing times amid unprecedented circumstances, when most students have been displaced to homes around the world and faculty are being asked to rapidly shift their classroom courses to untested online environments, our entire Stanford community has been challenged…

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What should students do if they are feeling ill with COVID symptoms?

Contact your regular healthcare provider for guidance. Vaden Health Services asks all students seeking medical services to call 650-498-2336 and speak with a medical professional before heading to the clinic to keep patients and providers safe. More information is posted…

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