Basic Guidelines for Safety and Handling of Coronavirus Associated Specimens

The cases of COVID-19 are increasing across the globe exponentially such that even the frontline workers and researchers are at risk. This highlights the importance of streamlining basic guidelines for safety and handling of coronavirus associated specimens. Here is the brief list of the same:

  1. All laboratories, companies, hospitals, research associations should make sure to perform site-specific and activity-specific risk assessments to prevent any risk of the virus.

  2. Routinely examine the type and level of risk involved in the performed procedure.

  3. Routine laboratory hygiene measures wherein decontamination of the work area and sensitive zones stand to be very crucial.

  4. Routine viral testing of the specimen should be done in a stipulated biosafety cabinet (level 2 to 4 as per the specimen).

  5. Try using automated instruments and analysers to avoid the risk of the viral spread.

  6. One should look forward to implementing decentralized point of care testing.

  7. Rapid deployment to help investigate or identify any new cluster of cases in the area.

  8. Every instrument used for viral testing must be decontaminated using EPA approved disinfectant only.

When it comes to the safety precautions for the frontline workers, researchers, and scientists working on the virus directly, it is of great importance to meet the requisite guidelines.

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