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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 63  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 350-357

Guidelines for various laboratory sections in view of COVID-19: Recommendations from the Indian Association of Pathologists and Microbiologists

1 Pathology, MLN Medical College, Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh, India
2 Pathology, Rohilkhand Medical College and Hospital, Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, India
3 Pathology, SN Medical College, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India
4 Pathology, SCB Medical College, Cuttack, Odisha, India
5 Pathology, St.John's Medical College and Oncquest Laboratories, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
6 Pathology and Microbiology, Breach Candy Hospital Trust, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
7 Pathology, North Bengal Medical College, West Bengal, India
8 Pathology, Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, Karnataka, India
9 ESI Hospital, Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India
10 Pathology, Adichunchanagiri Institute of Medical Sciences, B G Nagara, Mandya, Karnataka, India
11 Neuberg Anand Reference Laboratory, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
Ranjan Agrawal
Professor, Department of Pathology, Rohilkhand Medical College and Hospital, Pilibhit Bypass Road, Bareilly - 243 006, Uttar Pradesh
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DOI: 10.4103/IJPM.IJPM_857_20

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Declared as a pandemic by WHO on March 11, 2020, COVID-19 has brought about a dramatic change in the working of different laboratories across the country. Diagnostic laboratories testing different types of samples play a vital role in the treatment management. Irrespective of their size, each laboratory has to follow strict biosafety guidelines. Different sections of the laboratory receive samples that are variably infectious. Each sample needs to undergo a proper and well-designed processing system so that the personnel involved are not infected and also their close contacts. It takes a huge effort so as to limit the risk of exposure of the working staff during the collection, processing, reporting or dispatching of biohazard samples. Guidelines help in preventing the laboratory staff and healthcare workers from contracting the disease which has a known human to human route of transmission and high rate of mortality. A well-knit approach is the need of the hour to combat this fast spreading disease. We anticipate that the guidelines described in this article will be useful for continuing safe work practices by all the laboratories in the country.

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