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06/04/2020

UK-COVID-19: safe handling and processing for samples in laboratories

In collaboration with Public Health England, HSE have advised on the laboratory guidance for the safe handling and processing of samples in laboratories. 

The guidance aims to minimise risks for laboratory staff handling specimens from patients with suspected or laboratory-confirmed COVID-19.

While the guidance relates to laboratory procedures carried out in clinical diagnostic laboratories it also provides a framework for other laboratories undertaking diagnostic testing for COVID-19.  The guidance does not cover virus isolation, propagation, research work, or work involving animals infected with SARS-CoV-2.

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