A Joint Action in Times of Pandemic: The German BioImaging Recommendations for Operating Imaging Core Facilities During the SARS-Cov-2 Emergency

Cytometry A. 2020 Jun 24. doi: 10.1002/cyto.a.24178. Online ahead of print.


Operating shared resource laboratories (SRL) in times of pandemic is a challenge for research institutions. In a multi-user, high-turnover working space, the transmission of infectious agents is difficult to control. To address this challenge, imaging core facility managers being members of German BioImaging discussed how shared microscopes could be operated with minimal risk of spreading SARS-CoV-2 between users and staff. Here, we describe the resulting guidelines and explain their rationale, with a focus on separating users in space and time, protective face masks, and keeping surfaces virus-free. These recommendations may prove useful for other types of SRLs.

Keywords: Virus, COVID-19; disinfection; droplets; light microscopy; physical distancing..