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Safe Laboratory Practices in the Light of Covid-19 Pandemic: Way Forward in a Resource Limited Setting

Version 1 : Received: 5 April 2020 / Approved: 7 April 2020 / Online: 7 April 2020 (12:11:35 CEST)

How to cite: Odega, K.; Iyamah, E.; Ibadin, E.; Idomeh, F.; odega, D. Safe Laboratory Practices in the Light of Covid-19 Pandemic: Way Forward in a Resource Limited Setting. Preprints 2020, 2020040103 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202004.0103.v1). Odega, K.; Iyamah, E.; Ibadin, E.; Idomeh, F.; odega, D. Safe Laboratory Practices in the Light of Covid-19 Pandemic: Way Forward in a Resource Limited Setting. Preprints 2020, 2020040103 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202004.0103.v1).

Abstract

The 2019 Coronavirus pandemic which was initially referred to as 2019-nCoV, was first identified in Wuhan, China. Early response from the Chinese government included quarantine of infected persons, isolation and total lockdown of Wuhan province to prevent further spread. With the spread of the disease across national borders and declaration of the disease as a global pandemic, there has been a robust response by the international community to contain this deadly virus and prevent its further spread worldwide. Africa is not left out of this rampaging pandemic with documented cases in over 40 countries and still rising. Although extensive studies have been carried out on the novel SARS-CoV-2 on its pathogenesis, mode of infection and virulence but much is still unknown. However, potentially infectious samples are received routinely in the medical laboratory for analysis. This technical note reviews good laboratory practice (GLP) and processes across the different specialities of Medical Laboratory practice that should minimize the risk of infection to laboratory staff especially in resource-limited settings.

Subject Areas

Coronavirus; SARS-CoV-2; Medical Laboratory; Resource-limited setting, Good Laboratory Practice (GLP)

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