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Dear listers,

In Madrid, teaching and many other collective activities have been
suspended for 15 days because of COVID19. On the other hand, research
institutes continue with their normal activity although at a lower level.

In order to reduce as much as possible the spread of the virus, our
advanced bioimaging facility is considering to implement additional
measures or protocols (beyond common sense).

We would be very grateful if you could share your advice, suggestions
and protocols especially regarding the cleaning procedures of the
instruments (binocular, focus knobs, switches, stage joysticks, etc) and
other measures that affect to the users (wear gloves, etc). We are
interested to know about easy and effective cleaning procedures that
would not be harmful for the optics, electronics, etc.

Thanks for your input

Best regards


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Fco. Javier Diez-Guerra, PhD

Servicio de Microscopía Confocal
Centro de Biologia Molecular Severo Ochoa
C/ Nicolás Cabrera, 1
Campus de Cantoblanco
28049 Madrid
SPAIN

Tel     +34 91 196 4612
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Faretta Mario Romolo Faretta Mario Romolo
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Dear Javier,

thanks for your email:

I think it's a very good idea to share knowledge about organizing our every day life at work during this emergency.

Our research department is still open with reduced activity. The access to the labs is organized in two rounds (morning: from 02 am to 13 pm  and afternoon from 14 pm to 01)am in order to limit occupancy and eventually to restrict the number of potentially infected people that must enter quarantine

In agreement with our imaging unit personnel we defined some simple rules:

- wash hands with OMS approved cleaning solutions

- handles of the entrance doors are periodically disinfected

- users must wear clean gloves during their work at the microscope

- surfaces and common parts (e.g. knobs and keys) of the instruments must be cleaned  with appropriate detergents (cointaining at least 80% EtOH) at the beginning and at the end of each session

- we remind to microscope users to use the appropriate solutions for lenses (e.g. absolute EtOH ). In this moment everyone of us is receiving a lot of rules to help in containing virus spreading and we thought it is better to remind even the basic principles. And I also suggest you to keep an eye on your EtOH stocks in this period since they can be exausted at an higher rate

- distances among people must be > 1 m

- no more than 1 user is allowed at each instrument

More or less is like this.

Hope this news can be useful

Mario Faretta


Mario Faretta

Imaging Development Unit

Department of Experimental Oncology

European Institute of Oncology

via Adamello 16

20139 Milan Italy



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Dear listers,

In Madrid, teaching and many other collective activities have been
suspended for 15 days because of COVID19. On the other hand, research
institutes continue with their normal activity although at a lower level.

In order to reduce as much as possible the spread of the virus, our
advanced bioimaging facility is considering to implement additional
measures or protocols (beyond common sense).

We would be very grateful if you could share your advice, suggestions
and protocols especially regarding the cleaning procedures of the
instruments (binocular, focus knobs, switches, stage joysticks, etc) and
other measures that affect to the users (wear gloves, etc). We are
interested to know about easy and effective cleaning procedures that
would not be harmful for the optics, electronics, etc.

Thanks for your input

Best regards


--
Fco. Javier Diez-Guerra, PhD

Servicio de Microscopía Confocal
Centro de Biologia Molecular Severo Ochoa
C/ Nicolás Cabrera, 1
Campus de Cantoblanco
28049 Madrid
SPAIN

Tel     +34 91 196 4612
e-mail: [hidden email]
Mary Ellen Pease Mary Ellen Pease
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Thank you Mario, for these helpful suggestions. While our facility is in an area currently at low risk, I see the need to plan this out for our faculty users, in addition to to contingency plans my PI’s lab manager is crafting for our personal research lab.

I hope you and you coworkers stay safe.

Best wishes,

Mary Ellen Pease
Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute
Microscopy and Imaging Core Facility
410-292-2551(cell)
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https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/wilmer/research/core-centers/micf/index.html

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> On Mar 11, 2020, at 6:54 AM, Faretta Mario Romolo <[hidden email]> wrote:
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>
> Dear Javier,
>
> thanks for your email:
>
> I think it's a very good idea to share knowledge about organizing our every day life at work during this emergency.
>
> Our research department is still open with reduced activity. The access to the labs is organized in two rounds (morning: from 02 am to 13 pm  and afternoon from 14 pm to 01)am in order to limit occupancy and eventually to restrict the number of potentially infected people that must enter quarantine
>
> In agreement with our imaging unit personnel we defined some simple rules:
>
> - wash hands with OMS approved cleaning solutions
>
> - handles of the entrance doors are periodically disinfected
>
> - users must wear clean gloves during their work at the microscope
>
> - surfaces and common parts (e.g. knobs and keys) of the instruments must be cleaned  with appropriate detergents (cointaining at least 80% EtOH) at the beginning and at the end of each session
>
> - we remind to microscope users to use the appropriate solutions for lenses (e.g. absolute EtOH ). In this moment everyone of us is receiving a lot of rules to help in containing virus spreading and we thought it is better to remind even the basic principles. And I also suggest you to keep an eye on your EtOH stocks in this period since they can be exausted at an higher rate
>
> - distances among people must be > 1 m
>
> - no more than 1 user is allowed at each instrument
>
> More or less is like this.
>
> Hope this news can be useful
>
> Mario Faretta
>
>
> Mario Faretta
>
> Imaging Development Unit
>
> Department of Experimental Oncology
>
> European Institute of Oncology
>
> via Adamello 16
>
> 20139 Milan Italy
>
>
>
> ________________________________
> From: Confocal Microscopy List <[hidden email]> on behalf of F Javier Diez Guerra <[hidden email]>
> Sent: Wednesday, March 11, 2020 10:39 AM
> To: [hidden email]
> Subject: COVID19: Instrument cleaning protocols
>
> *****
> To join, leave or search the confocal microscopy listserv, go to:
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> *****
>
> Dear listers,
>
> In Madrid, teaching and many other collective activities have been
> suspended for 15 days because of COVID19. On the other hand, research
> institutes continue with their normal activity although at a lower level.
>
> In order to reduce as much as possible the spread of the virus, our
> advanced bioimaging facility is considering to implement additional
> measures or protocols (beyond common sense).
>
> We would be very grateful if you could share your advice, suggestions
> and protocols especially regarding the cleaning procedures of the
> instruments (binocular, focus knobs, switches, stage joysticks, etc) and
> other measures that affect to the users (wear gloves, etc). We are
> interested to know about easy and effective cleaning procedures that
> would not be harmful for the optics, electronics, etc.
>
> Thanks for your input
>
> Best regards
>
>
> --
> Fco. Javier Diez-Guerra, PhD
>
> Servicio de Microscopía Confocal
> Centro de Biologia Molecular Severo Ochoa
> C/ Nicolás Cabrera, 1
> Campus de Cantoblanco
> 28049 Madrid
> SPAIN
>
> Tel     +34 91 196 4612
> e-mail: [hidden email]
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Hi to everybody,
following recommendations for IFOM facility in Milan
:
IMAGING
do not come in the imaging Facility with your own lab coat
use the disposable lab coat that you find in the imaging facility writing your name on it
at the end of the day trash it
The room of wide field microscopes is open to maximum 3 people at the same time
ALWAYS use gloves and lab coat
Before each session sanitize the eyepieces of the microscope
During assisted sessions already scheduled maintain the required safe distance (at least 1 meter)
all the best

dario

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Dario Parazzoli
Head of the Imaging Technological Development Unit
Fondazione IFOM-Istituto FIRC di Oncologia Molecolare
via Adamello 16
20139 Milan
Italy
tel. +39 02 574303.850
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> On 11 Mar 2020, at 11:51, Faretta Mario Romolo <[hidden email]> wrote:
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>
> Dear Javier,
>
> thanks for your email:
>
> I think it's a very good idea to share knowledge about organizing our every day life at work during this emergency.
>
> Our research department is still open with reduced activity. The access to the labs is organized in two rounds (morning: from 02 am to 13 pm  and afternoon from 14 pm to 01)am in order to limit occupancy and eventually to restrict the number of potentially infected people that must enter quarantine
>
> In agreement with our imaging unit personnel we defined some simple rules:
>
> - wash hands with OMS approved cleaning solutions
>
> - handles of the entrance doors are periodically disinfected
>
> - users must wear clean gloves during their work at the microscope
>
> - surfaces and common parts (e.g. knobs and keys) of the instruments must be cleaned  with appropriate detergents (cointaining at least 80% EtOH) at the beginning and at the end of each session
>
> - we remind to microscope users to use the appropriate solutions for lenses (e.g. absolute EtOH ). In this moment everyone of us is receiving a lot of rules to help in containing virus spreading and we thought it is better to remind even the basic principles. And I also suggest you to keep an eye on your EtOH stocks in this period since they can be exausted at an higher rate
>
> - distances among people must be > 1 m
>
> - no more than 1 user is allowed at each instrument
>
> More or less is like this.
>
> Hope this news can be useful
>
> Mario Faretta
>
>
> Mario Faretta
>
> Imaging Development Unit
>
> Department of Experimental Oncology
>
> European Institute of Oncology
>
> via Adamello 16
>
> 20139 Milan Italy
>
>
>
> ________________________________
> From: Confocal Microscopy List <[hidden email]> on behalf of F Javier Diez Guerra <[hidden email]>
> Sent: Wednesday, March 11, 2020 10:39 AM
> To: [hidden email]
> Subject: COVID19: Instrument cleaning protocols
>
> *****
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>
> Dear listers,
>
> In Madrid, teaching and many other collective activities have been
> suspended for 15 days because of COVID19. On the other hand, research
> institutes continue with their normal activity although at a lower level.
>
> In order to reduce as much as possible the spread of the virus, our
> advanced bioimaging facility is considering to implement additional
> measures or protocols (beyond common sense).
>
> We would be very grateful if you could share your advice, suggestions
> and protocols especially regarding the cleaning procedures of the
> instruments (binocular, focus knobs, switches, stage joysticks, etc) and
> other measures that affect to the users (wear gloves, etc). We are
> interested to know about easy and effective cleaning procedures that
> would not be harmful for the optics, electronics, etc.
>
> Thanks for your input
>
> Best regards
>
>
> --
> Fco. Javier Diez-Guerra, PhD
>
> Servicio de Microscopía Confocal
> Centro de Biologia Molecular Severo Ochoa
> C/ Nicolás Cabrera, 1
> Campus de Cantoblanco
> 28049 Madrid
> SPAIN
>
> Tel     +34 91 196 4612
> e-mail: [hidden email]
Francesco Pasqualini Francesco Pasqualini
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All,
I don't mean to sound dramatic but the general recommendation should be for
people to work from home. This is true for all my fellow Italian
researchers as of this week but I whole-heartedly suggest to the other
facilities to implement strict measures now versus waiting to see how bad
can it get...

Honestly, all imaging of fixed samples can wait for a few weeks. Live
imaging of very long term experiments might warrant a special exception but
those can be handled on a case-by-case basis.

Giving official recommendations that make it sound like it's OK to conduct
research "with normal precautions" conveys the wrong sense of urgency in
people.

Please, take a look at the reports from healthcare professionals in all
affected areas and consider whether it's not better to prioritize working
on your analysis pipeline or a manuscript for a few weeks.

Best,
Francesco


On Wed, Mar 11, 2020 at 1:22 PM Dario Parazzoli <[hidden email]>
wrote:

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>
> Hi to everybody,
> following recommendations for IFOM facility in Milan
> :
> IMAGING
> do not come in the imaging Facility with your own lab coat
> use the disposable lab coat that you find in the imaging facility writing
> your name on it
> at the end of the day trash it
> The room of wide field microscopes is open to maximum 3 people at the same
> time
> ALWAYS use gloves and lab coat
> Before each session sanitize the eyepieces of the microscope
> During assisted sessions already scheduled maintain the required safe
> distance (at least 1 meter)
> all the best
>
> dario
>
> -------
> Dario Parazzoli
> Head of the Imaging Technological Development Unit
> Fondazione IFOM-Istituto FIRC di Oncologia Molecolare
> via Adamello 16
> 20139 Milan
> Italy
> tel. +39 02 574303.850
> [hidden email]
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> > On 11 Mar 2020, at 11:51, Faretta Mario Romolo <[hidden email]>
> wrote:
> >
> > *****
> > To join, leave or search the confocal microscopy listserv, go to:
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> posting.
> > *****
> >
> > Dear Javier,
> >
> > thanks for your email:
> >
> > I think it's a very good idea to share knowledge about organizing our
> every day life at work during this emergency.
> >
> > Our research department is still open with reduced activity. The access
> to the labs is organized in two rounds (morning: from 02 am to 13 pm  and
> afternoon from 14 pm to 01)am in order to limit occupancy and eventually to
> restrict the number of potentially infected people that must enter
> quarantine
> >
> > In agreement with our imaging unit personnel we defined some simple
> rules:
> >
> > - wash hands with OMS approved cleaning solutions
> >
> > - handles of the entrance doors are periodically disinfected
> >
> > - users must wear clean gloves during their work at the microscope
> >
> > - surfaces and common parts (e.g. knobs and keys) of the instruments
> must be cleaned  with appropriate detergents (cointaining at least 80%
> EtOH) at the beginning and at the end of each session
> >
> > - we remind to microscope users to use the appropriate solutions for
> lenses (e.g. absolute EtOH ). In this moment everyone of us is receiving a
> lot of rules to help in containing virus spreading and we thought it is
> better to remind even the basic principles. And I also suggest you to keep
> an eye on your EtOH stocks in this period since they can be exausted at an
> higher rate
> >
> > - distances among people must be > 1 m
> >
> > - no more than 1 user is allowed at each instrument
> >
> > More or less is like this.
> >
> > Hope this news can be useful
> >
> > Mario Faretta
> >
> >
> > Mario Faretta
> >
> > Imaging Development Unit
> >
> > Department of Experimental Oncology
> >
> > European Institute of Oncology
> >
> > via Adamello 16
> >
> > 20139 Milan Italy
> >
> >
> >
> > ________________________________
> > From: Confocal Microscopy List <[hidden email]> on
> behalf of F Javier Diez Guerra <[hidden email]>
> > Sent: Wednesday, March 11, 2020 10:39 AM
> > To: [hidden email]
> > Subject: COVID19: Instrument cleaning protocols
> >
> > *****
> > To join, leave or search the confocal microscopy listserv, go to:
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> posting.
> > *****
> >
> > Dear listers,
> >
> > In Madrid, teaching and many other collective activities have been
> > suspended for 15 days because of COVID19. On the other hand, research
> > institutes continue with their normal activity although at a lower level.
> >
> > In order to reduce as much as possible the spread of the virus, our
> > advanced bioimaging facility is considering to implement additional
> > measures or protocols (beyond common sense).
> >
> > We would be very grateful if you could share your advice, suggestions
> > and protocols especially regarding the cleaning procedures of the
> > instruments (binocular, focus knobs, switches, stage joysticks, etc) and
> > other measures that affect to the users (wear gloves, etc). We are
> > interested to know about easy and effective cleaning procedures that
> > would not be harmful for the optics, electronics, etc.
> >
> > Thanks for your input
> >
> > Best regards
> >
> >
> > --
> > Fco. Javier Diez-Guerra, PhD
> >
> > Servicio de Microscopía Confocal
> > Centro de Biologia Molecular Severo Ochoa
> > C/ Nicolás Cabrera, 1
> > Campus de Cantoblanco
> > 28049 Madrid
> > SPAIN
> >
> > Tel     +34 91 196 4612
> > e-mail: [hidden email]
>


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Visiting Professor University of Pavia
Associate Harvard University

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Dear Javier,

here in Milano, as already mentioned by Mario and Dario, we are still available (althouhg at lower level as well) but we implemented, according to Institute Direction, different measures to reduce as much as possibile the access to the Facility and we recommended to our Users to perform only urgent and undelayable experiments.

Facility Staff:
we reduced staff members daily present to the minimum is possible
Facility entrance:
- Instruments will be available only from 08:00 to 18:00 from Monday to Friday (instead 24/24h, 7/7d) and instrument usage is not allowed on holidays and outside of this time schedule.
- A disposable glove dispenser has been set up outside the entrance door of the facility. All Users must wear them before entering the Facility and leave them in a dedicated container as they finish their activities.
 - the entrance to the Facility will be regulated in order to avoid any form of crowding that sees multiple subjects in the same room at a distance of less than 1.8 meters.
- Instruments use, including microscopes mouse and keyboards, must be done by wearing gloves and, as much as possible, with the own protective glasses (please, remember that Covid-19 seems particularly transmitted by aerosol contact with conjunctive).
- At the end of each session, each User must notify it to the Facility Staff who will disinfect the exposed parts with Ethanol 70% (microscope, mouse, keyboards, touchscreens etc. all parts that could be usually touched by hands or eyes, using a disposable cloths.
- we require only one person per Instrument and, for the same reason, trainings and assisted uses are temporarily suspended.


Instruments maintenance :
no different procedures respect usual maintenance cleaning

I hope this can be useful and a special hello to my "Milanesi" collegues!

Cesare


Dr. Cesare Covino, M.Sc.
Facility Manager
ALEMBIC
Advanced Light and Electron Microscopy BioImaging Center
San Raffaele Scientific Institute
DIBIT 1  S2B4a
via Olgettina 58, 20132 - Milano - Italy
Tel +39-022643-4636(others -4640, -4641)
Fax +39-022643-4646
e-mail: [hidden email]<mailto:[hidden email]>
ALEMBIC webpage: http://alembic.hsr.it


Il 11/03/2020 10:39, F Javier Diez Guerra ha scritto:
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Dear listers,

In Madrid, teaching and many other collective activities have been suspended for 15 days because of COVID19. On the other hand, research institutes continue with their normal activity although at a lower level.

In order to reduce as much as possible the spread of the virus, our advanced bioimaging facility is considering to implement additional measures or protocols (beyond common sense).

We would be very grateful if you could share your advice, suggestions and protocols especially regarding the cleaning procedures of the instruments (binocular, focus knobs, switches, stage joysticks, etc) and other measures that affect to the users (wear gloves, etc). We are interested to know about easy and effective cleaning procedures that would not be harmful for the optics, electronics, etc.

Thanks for your input

Best regards





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Dario/Cesare--

THANK YOU BOTH very much for emphasizing the importance of decontaminating
the eye-pieces.  It's obvious in retrospect but I was focussed on the
computer keyboard, mouse, etc.  --Are you using 80% ethanol on the
eye-pieces?

Best wishes to you and all our other colleagues.  Good luck.  Please keep
us posted on developments or recommendations.

And thank you to all those working to control this beast.

Martin Wessendorf

On Wed, Mar 11, 2020 at 8:47 AM Cesare|ALEMBIC <[hidden email]> wrote:

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>
> Dear Javier,
>
> here in Milano, as already mentioned by Mario and Dario, we are still
> available (althouhg at lower level as well) but we implemented, according
> to Institute Direction, different measures to reduce as much as possibile
> the access to the Facility and we recommended to our Users to perform only
> urgent and undelayable experiments.
>
> Facility Staff:
> we reduced staff members daily present to the minimum is possible
> Facility entrance:
> - Instruments will be available only from 08:00 to 18:00 from Monday to
> Friday (instead 24/24h, 7/7d) and instrument usage is not allowed on
> holidays and outside of this time schedule.
> - A disposable glove dispenser has been set up outside the entrance door
> of the facility. All Users must wear them before entering the Facility and
> leave them in a dedicated container as they finish their activities.
>  - the entrance to the Facility will be regulated in order to avoid any
> form of crowding that sees multiple subjects in the same room at a distance
> of less than 1.8 meters.
> - Instruments use, including microscopes mouse and keyboards, must be done
> by wearing gloves and, as much as possible, with the own protective glasses
> (please, remember that Covid-19 seems particularly transmitted by aerosol
> contact with conjunctive).
> - At the end of each session, each User must notify it to the Facility
> Staff who will disinfect the exposed parts with Ethanol 70% (microscope,
> mouse, keyboards, touchscreens etc. all parts that could be usually touched
> by hands or eyes, using a disposable cloths.
> - we require only one person per Instrument and, for the same reason,
> trainings and assisted uses are temporarily suspended.
>
>
> Instruments maintenance :
> no different procedures respect usual maintenance cleaning
>
> I hope this can be useful and a special hello to my "Milanesi" collegues!
>
> Cesare
>
>
> Dr. Cesare Covino, M.Sc.
> Facility Manager
> ALEMBIC
> Advanced Light and Electron Microscopy BioImaging Center
> San Raffaele Scientific Institute
> DIBIT 1  S2B4a
> via Olgettina 58, 20132 - Milano - Italy
> Tel +39-022643-4636(others -4640, -4641)
> Fax +39-022643-4646
> e-mail: [hidden email]<mailto:[hidden email]>
> ALEMBIC webpage: http://alembic.hsr.it
>
>
> Il 11/03/2020 10:39, F Javier Diez Guerra ha scritto:
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>
> Dear listers,
>
> In Madrid, teaching and many other collective activities have been
> suspended for 15 days because of COVID19. On the other hand, research
> institutes continue with their normal activity although at a lower level.
>
> In order to reduce as much as possible the spread of the virus, our
> advanced bioimaging facility is considering to implement additional
> measures or protocols (beyond common sense).
>
> We would be very grateful if you could share your advice, suggestions and
> protocols especially regarding the cleaning procedures of the instruments
> (binocular, focus knobs, switches, stage joysticks, etc) and other measures
> that affect to the users (wear gloves, etc). We are interested to know
> about easy and effective cleaning procedures that would not be harmful for
> the optics, electronics, etc.
>
> Thanks for your input
>
> Best regards
>
>
>
>
>
> Rispetta l’ambiente: non stampare questa mail se non è necessario.
> Respect the environment: print this email only if necessary.
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Yes Martin,

we use 70% Ethanol for eye-pieces like for each workspace
(computer+microscope+devices,etc.)

They recommended to us considering its volatility and fire point having
to use (relatively) "a lot" in a (relatively) small room.

Best,

Cesare


Il 11/03/2020 17:40, Martin Wessendorf ha scritto:

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>
> Dario/Cesare--
>
> THANK YOU BOTH very much for emphasizing the importance of decontaminating
> the eye-pieces.  It's obvious in retrospect but I was focussed on the
> computer keyboard, mouse, etc.  --Are you using 80% ethanol on the
> eye-pieces?
>
> Best wishes to you and all our other colleagues.  Good luck.  Please keep
> us posted on developments or recommendations.
>
> And thank you to all those working to control this beast.
>
> Martin Wessendorf
>
> On Wed, Mar 11, 2020 at 8:47 AM Cesare|ALEMBIC <[hidden email]> wrote:
>
>> *****
>> To join, leave or search the confocal microscopy listserv, go to:
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>> *****
>>
>> Dear Javier,
>>
>> here in Milano, as already mentioned by Mario and Dario, we are still
>> available (althouhg at lower level as well) but we implemented, according
>> to Institute Direction, different measures to reduce as much as possibile
>> the access to the Facility and we recommended to our Users to perform only
>> urgent and undelayable experiments.
>>
>> Facility Staff:
>> we reduced staff members daily present to the minimum is possible
>> Facility entrance:
>> - Instruments will be available only from 08:00 to 18:00 from Monday to
>> Friday (instead 24/24h, 7/7d) and instrument usage is not allowed on
>> holidays and outside of this time schedule.
>> - A disposable glove dispenser has been set up outside the entrance door
>> of the facility. All Users must wear them before entering the Facility and
>> leave them in a dedicated container as they finish their activities.
>>   - the entrance to the Facility will be regulated in order to avoid any
>> form of crowding that sees multiple subjects in the same room at a distance
>> of less than 1.8 meters.
>> - Instruments use, including microscopes mouse and keyboards, must be done
>> by wearing gloves and, as much as possible, with the own protective glasses
>> (please, remember that Covid-19 seems particularly transmitted by aerosol
>> contact with conjunctive).
>> - At the end of each session, each User must notify it to the Facility
>> Staff who will disinfect the exposed parts with Ethanol 70% (microscope,
>> mouse, keyboards, touchscreens etc. all parts that could be usually touched
>> by hands or eyes, using a disposable cloths.
>> - we require only one person per Instrument and, for the same reason,
>> trainings and assisted uses are temporarily suspended.
>>
>>
>> Instruments maintenance :
>> no different procedures respect usual maintenance cleaning
>>
>> I hope this can be useful and a special hello to my "Milanesi" collegues!
>>
>> Cesare
>>
>>
>> Dr. Cesare Covino, M.Sc.
>> Facility Manager
>> ALEMBIC
>> Advanced Light and Electron Microscopy BioImaging Center
>> San Raffaele Scientific Institute
>> DIBIT 1  S2B4a
>> via Olgettina 58, 20132 - Milano - Italy
>> Tel +39-022643-4636(others -4640, -4641)
>> Fax +39-022643-4646
>> e-mail: [hidden email]<mailto:[hidden email]>
>> ALEMBIC webpage: http://alembic.hsr.it
>>
>>
>> Il 11/03/2020 10:39, F Javier Diez Guerra ha scritto:
>> *****
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>> *****
>>
>> Dear listers,
>>
>> In Madrid, teaching and many other collective activities have been
>> suspended for 15 days because of COVID19. On the other hand, research
>> institutes continue with their normal activity although at a lower level.
>>
>> In order to reduce as much as possible the spread of the virus, our
>> advanced bioimaging facility is considering to implement additional
>> measures or protocols (beyond common sense).
>>
>> We would be very grateful if you could share your advice, suggestions and
>> protocols especially regarding the cleaning procedures of the instruments
>> (binocular, focus knobs, switches, stage joysticks, etc) and other measures
>> that affect to the users (wear gloves, etc). We are interested to know
>> about easy and effective cleaning procedures that would not be harmful for
>> the optics, electronics, etc.
>>
>> Thanks for your input
>>
>> Best regards
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> Rispetta l’ambiente: non stampare questa mail se non è necessario.
>> Respect the environment: print this email only if necessary.
>>
> .
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Has anyone tried other disinfectants such as 3% peroxide?  70% EtOH tends to remove some paints, decals and rubber/plastic finishes.  

Great discussion,
Glen

> On Mar 11, 2020, at 10:00 AM, Cesare|ALEMBIC <[hidden email]> wrote:
>
> *****
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> *****
>
> Yes Martin,
>
> we use 70% Ethanol for eye-pieces like for each workspace (computer+microscope+devices,etc.)
>
> They recommended to us considering its volatility and fire point having to use (relatively) "a lot" in a (relatively) small room.
>
> Best,
>
> Cesare
>
>
> Il 11/03/2020 17:40, Martin Wessendorf ha scritto:
>> *****
>> To join, leave or search the confocal microscopy listserv, go to:
>> http://lists.umn.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A0=confocalmicroscopy
>> Post images on http://www.imgur.com and include the link in your posting.
>> *****
>>
>> Dario/Cesare--
>>
>> THANK YOU BOTH very much for emphasizing the importance of decontaminating
>> the eye-pieces.  It's obvious in retrospect but I was focussed on the
>> computer keyboard, mouse, etc.  --Are you using 80% ethanol on the
>> eye-pieces?
>>
>> Best wishes to you and all our other colleagues.  Good luck.  Please keep
>> us posted on developments or recommendations.
>>
>> And thank you to all those working to control this beast.
>>
>> Martin Wessendorf
>>
>> On Wed, Mar 11, 2020 at 8:47 AM Cesare|ALEMBIC <[hidden email]> wrote:
>>
>>> *****
>>> To join, leave or search the confocal microscopy listserv, go to:
>>> http://lists.umn.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A0=confocalmicroscopy
>>> Post images on http://www.imgur.com and include the link in your posting.
>>> *****
>>>
>>> Dear Javier,
>>>
>>> here in Milano, as already mentioned by Mario and Dario, we are still
>>> available (althouhg at lower level as well) but we implemented, according
>>> to Institute Direction, different measures to reduce as much as possibile
>>> the access to the Facility and we recommended to our Users to perform only
>>> urgent and undelayable experiments.
>>>
>>> Facility Staff:
>>> we reduced staff members daily present to the minimum is possible
>>> Facility entrance:
>>> - Instruments will be available only from 08:00 to 18:00 from Monday to
>>> Friday (instead 24/24h, 7/7d) and instrument usage is not allowed on
>>> holidays and outside of this time schedule.
>>> - A disposable glove dispenser has been set up outside the entrance door
>>> of the facility. All Users must wear them before entering the Facility and
>>> leave them in a dedicated container as they finish their activities.
>>>  - the entrance to the Facility will be regulated in order to avoid any
>>> form of crowding that sees multiple subjects in the same room at a distance
>>> of less than 1.8 meters.
>>> - Instruments use, including microscopes mouse and keyboards, must be done
>>> by wearing gloves and, as much as possible, with the own protective glasses
>>> (please, remember that Covid-19 seems particularly transmitted by aerosol
>>> contact with conjunctive).
>>> - At the end of each session, each User must notify it to the Facility
>>> Staff who will disinfect the exposed parts with Ethanol 70% (microscope,
>>> mouse, keyboards, touchscreens etc. all parts that could be usually touched
>>> by hands or eyes, using a disposable cloths.
>>> - we require only one person per Instrument and, for the same reason,
>>> trainings and assisted uses are temporarily suspended.
>>>
>>>
>>> Instruments maintenance :
>>> no different procedures respect usual maintenance cleaning
>>>
>>> I hope this can be useful and a special hello to my "Milanesi" collegues!
>>>
>>> Cesare
>>>
>>>
>>> Dr. Cesare Covino, M.Sc.
>>> Facility Manager
>>> ALEMBIC
>>> Advanced Light and Electron Microscopy BioImaging Center
>>> San Raffaele Scientific Institute
>>> DIBIT 1  S2B4a
>>> via Olgettina 58, 20132 - Milano - Italy
>>> Tel +39-022643-4636(others -4640, -4641)
>>> Fax +39-022643-4646
>>> e-mail: [hidden email]<mailto:[hidden email]>
>>> ALEMBIC webpage: http://alembic.hsr.it
>>>
>>>
>>> Il 11/03/2020 10:39, F Javier Diez Guerra ha scritto:
>>> *****
>>> To join, leave or search the confocal microscopy listserv, go to:
>>> http://lists.umn.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A0=confocalmicroscopy
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>>> *****
>>>
>>> Dear listers,
>>>
>>> In Madrid, teaching and many other collective activities have been
>>> suspended for 15 days because of COVID19. On the other hand, research
>>> institutes continue with their normal activity although at a lower level.
>>>
>>> In order to reduce as much as possible the spread of the virus, our
>>> advanced bioimaging facility is considering to implement additional
>>> measures or protocols (beyond common sense).
>>>
>>> We would be very grateful if you could share your advice, suggestions and
>>> protocols especially regarding the cleaning procedures of the instruments
>>> (binocular, focus knobs, switches, stage joysticks, etc) and other measures
>>> that affect to the users (wear gloves, etc). We are interested to know
>>> about easy and effective cleaning procedures that would not be harmful for
>>> the optics, electronics, etc.
>>>
>>> Thanks for your input
>>>
>>> Best regards
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> Rispetta l’ambiente: non stampare questa mail se non è necessario.
>>> Respect the environment: print this email only if necessary.
>>>
>> .
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I agree that >60% Ethanol degrades the finish and plastics/rubber over time.  We have routinely used Ecolabs Peroxide Multi Surface Cleaner and Disinfectant.  It contains 8% Hydrogen Peroxide.

Very useful discussion as I am currently writing up internal recommendations as well.

Louie


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Has anyone tried other disinfectants such as 3% peroxide?  70% EtOH tends to remove some paints, decals and rubber/plastic finishes.

Great discussion,
Glen

> On Mar 11, 2020, at 10:00 AM, Cesare|ALEMBIC <[hidden email]> wrote:
>
> *****
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> *****
>
> Yes Martin,
>
> we use 70% Ethanol for eye-pieces like for each workspace (computer+microscope+devices,etc.)
>
> They recommended to us considering its volatility and fire point having to use (relatively) "a lot" in a (relatively) small room.
>
> Best,
>
> Cesare
>
>
> Il 11/03/2020 17:40, Martin Wessendorf ha scritto:
>> *****
>> To join, leave or search the confocal microscopy listserv, go to:
>> http://lists.umn.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A0=confocalmicroscopy
>> Post images on http://www.imgur.com and include the link in your posting.
>> *****
>>
>> Dario/Cesare--
>>
>> THANK YOU BOTH very much for emphasizing the importance of decontaminating
>> the eye-pieces.  It's obvious in retrospect but I was focussed on the
>> computer keyboard, mouse, etc.  --Are you using 80% ethanol on the
>> eye-pieces?
>>
>> Best wishes to you and all our other colleagues.  Good luck.  Please keep
>> us posted on developments or recommendations.
>>
>> And thank you to all those working to control this beast.
>>
>> Martin Wessendorf
>>
>> On Wed, Mar 11, 2020 at 8:47 AM Cesare|ALEMBIC <[hidden email]> wrote:
>>
>>> *****
>>> To join, leave or search the confocal microscopy listserv, go to:
>>> http://lists.umn.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A0=confocalmicroscopy
>>> Post images on http://www.imgur.com and include the link in your posting.
>>> *****
>>>
>>> Dear Javier,
>>>
>>> here in Milano, as already mentioned by Mario and Dario, we are still
>>> available (althouhg at lower level as well) but we implemented, according
>>> to Institute Direction, different measures to reduce as much as possibile
>>> the access to the Facility and we recommended to our Users to perform only
>>> urgent and undelayable experiments.
>>>
>>> Facility Staff:
>>> we reduced staff members daily present to the minimum is possible
>>> Facility entrance:
>>> - Instruments will be available only from 08:00 to 18:00 from Monday to
>>> Friday (instead 24/24h, 7/7d) and instrument usage is not allowed on
>>> holidays and outside of this time schedule.
>>> - A disposable glove dispenser has been set up outside the entrance door
>>> of the facility. All Users must wear them before entering the Facility and
>>> leave them in a dedicated container as they finish their activities.
>>>  - the entrance to the Facility will be regulated in order to avoid any
>>> form of crowding that sees multiple subjects in the same room at a distance
>>> of less than 1.8 meters.
>>> - Instruments use, including microscopes mouse and keyboards, must be done
>>> by wearing gloves and, as much as possible, with the own protective glasses
>>> (please, remember that Covid-19 seems particularly transmitted by aerosol
>>> contact with conjunctive).
>>> - At the end of each session, each User must notify it to the Facility
>>> Staff who will disinfect the exposed parts with Ethanol 70% (microscope,
>>> mouse, keyboards, touchscreens etc. all parts that could be usually touched
>>> by hands or eyes, using a disposable cloths.
>>> - we require only one person per Instrument and, for the same reason,
>>> trainings and assisted uses are temporarily suspended.
>>>
>>>
>>> Instruments maintenance :
>>> no different procedures respect usual maintenance cleaning
>>>
>>> I hope this can be useful and a special hello to my "Milanesi" collegues!
>>>
>>> Cesare
>>>
>>>
>>> Dr. Cesare Covino, M.Sc.
>>> Facility Manager
>>> ALEMBIC
>>> Advanced Light and Electron Microscopy BioImaging Center
>>> San Raffaele Scientific Institute
>>> DIBIT 1  S2B4a
>>> via Olgettina 58, 20132 - Milano - Italy
>>> Tel +39-022643-4636(others -4640, -4641)
>>> Fax +39-022643-4646
>>> e-mail: [hidden email]<mailto:[hidden email]>
>>> ALEMBIC webpage: http://alembic.hsr.it
>>>
>>>
>>> Il 11/03/2020 10:39, F Javier Diez Guerra ha scritto:
>>> *****
>>> To join, leave or search the confocal microscopy listserv, go to:
>>> http://lists.umn.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A0=confocalmicroscopy
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>>> *****
>>>
>>> Dear listers,
>>>
>>> In Madrid, teaching and many other collective activities have been
>>> suspended for 15 days because of COVID19. On the other hand, research
>>> institutes continue with their normal activity although at a lower level.
>>>
>>> In order to reduce as much as possible the spread of the virus, our
>>> advanced bioimaging facility is considering to implement additional
>>> measures or protocols (beyond common sense).
>>>
>>> We would be very grateful if you could share your advice, suggestions and
>>> protocols especially regarding the cleaning procedures of the instruments
>>> (binocular, focus knobs, switches, stage joysticks, etc) and other measures
>>> that affect to the users (wear gloves, etc). We are interested to know
>>> about easy and effective cleaning procedures that would not be harmful for
>>> the optics, electronics, etc.
>>>
>>> Thanks for your input
>>>
>>> Best regards
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
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It looks as if a 1 minute exposure to 0.5% hydrogen peroxide will reduce
levels of a human coronavirus (--not the one responsible for covid-19, so
"your mileage may vary") by a factor of 10^4.  That's not quite as good as
85% or 95% ethanol (10^5.5 in 30 seconds), but better than 70% isopropyl
alcohol (2-propanol) (10^3.3 in 30 seconds).

Also, coronaviruses can last for days on a plastic surface.

Reference:
https://www.journalofhospitalinfection.com/article/S0195-6701(20)30046-3/fulltext






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> *****
>
> I agree that >60% Ethanol degrades the finish and plastics/rubber over
> time.  We have routinely used Ecolabs Peroxide Multi Surface Cleaner and
> Disinfectant.  It contains 8% Hydrogen Peroxide.
>
> Very useful discussion as I am currently writing up internal
> recommendations as well.
>
> Louie
>
>
> Louie Kerr | Director, Imaging Services; Staff Scientist
> Marine Biological Laboratory, 7 MBL Street, Woods Hole, MA  02543
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> http://www.mbl.edu/>
>
>
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> *****
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> *****
>
> Has anyone tried other disinfectants such as 3% peroxide?  70% EtOH tends
> to remove some paints, decals and rubber/plastic finishes.
>
> Great discussion,
> Glen
> > On Mar 11, 2020, at 10:00 AM, Cesare|ALEMBIC <[hidden email]>
> wrote:
> >
> > *****
> > To join, leave or search the confocal microscopy listserv, go to:
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> posting.
> > *****
> >
> > Yes Martin,
> >
> > we use 70% Ethanol for eye-pieces like for each workspace
> (computer+microscope+devices,etc.)
> >
> > They recommended to us considering its volatility and fire point having
> to use (relatively) "a lot" in a (relatively) small room.
> >
> > Best,
> >
> > Cesare
> >
> >
> > Il 11/03/2020 17:40, Martin Wessendorf ha scritto:
> >> *****
> >> To join, leave or search the confocal microscopy listserv, go to:
> >> http://lists.umn.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A0=confocalmicroscopy
> >> Post images on http://www.imgur.com and include the link in your
> posting.
> >> *****
> >>
> >> Dario/Cesare--
> >>
> >> THANK YOU BOTH very much for emphasizing the importance of
> decontaminating
> >> the eye-pieces.  It's obvious in retrospect but I was focussed on the
> >> computer keyboard, mouse, etc.  --Are you using 80% ethanol on the
> >> eye-pieces?
> >>
> >> Best wishes to you and all our other colleagues.  Good luck.  Please
> keep
> >> us posted on developments or recommendations.
> >>
> >> And thank you to all those working to control this beast.
> >>
> >> Martin Wessendorf
> >>
> >> On Wed, Mar 11, 2020 at 8:47 AM Cesare|ALEMBIC <[hidden email]>
> wrote:
> >>
> >>> *****
> >>> To join, leave or search the confocal microscopy listserv, go to:
> >>> http://lists.umn.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A0=confocalmicroscopy
> >>> Post images on http://www.imgur.com and include the link in your
> posting.
> >>> *****
> >>>
> >>> Dear Javier,
> >>>
> >>> here in Milano, as already mentioned by Mario and Dario, we are still
> >>> available (althouhg at lower level as well) but we implemented,
> according
> >>> to Institute Direction, different measures to reduce as much as
> possibile
> >>> the access to the Facility and we recommended to our Users to perform
> only
> >>> urgent and undelayable experiments.
> >>>
> >>> Facility Staff:
> >>> we reduced staff members daily present to the minimum is possible
> >>> Facility entrance:
> >>> - Instruments will be available only from 08:00 to 18:00 from Monday to
> >>> Friday (instead 24/24h, 7/7d) and instrument usage is not allowed on
> >>> holidays and outside of this time schedule.
> >>> - A disposable glove dispenser has been set up outside the entrance
> door
> >>> of the facility. All Users must wear them before entering the Facility
> and
> >>> leave them in a dedicated container as they finish their activities.
> >>>  - the entrance to the Facility will be regulated in order to avoid any
> >>> form of crowding that sees multiple subjects in the same room at a
> distance
> >>> of less than 1.8 meters.
> >>> - Instruments use, including microscopes mouse and keyboards, must be
> done
> >>> by wearing gloves and, as much as possible, with the own protective
> glasses
> >>> (please, remember that Covid-19 seems particularly transmitted by
> aerosol
> >>> contact with conjunctive).
> >>> - At the end of each session, each User must notify it to the Facility
> >>> Staff who will disinfect the exposed parts with Ethanol 70%
> (microscope,
> >>> mouse, keyboards, touchscreens etc. all parts that could be usually
> touched
> >>> by hands or eyes, using a disposable cloths.
> >>> - we require only one person per Instrument and, for the same reason,
> >>> trainings and assisted uses are temporarily suspended.
> >>>
> >>>
> >>> Instruments maintenance :
> >>> no different procedures respect usual maintenance cleaning
> >>>
> >>> I hope this can be useful and a special hello to my "Milanesi"
> collegues!
> >>>
> >>> Cesare
> >>>
> >>>
> >>> Dr. Cesare Covino, M.Sc.
> >>> Facility Manager
> >>> ALEMBIC
> >>> Advanced Light and Electron Microscopy BioImaging Center
> >>> San Raffaele Scientific Institute
> >>> DIBIT 1  S2B4a
> >>> via Olgettina 58, 20132 - Milano - Italy
> >>> Tel +39-022643-4636(others -4640, -4641)
> >>> Fax +39-022643-4646
> >>> e-mail: [hidden email]<mailto:[hidden email]>
> >>> ALEMBIC webpage: http://alembic.hsr.it
> >>>
> >>>
> >>> Il 11/03/2020 10:39, F Javier Diez Guerra ha scritto:
> >>> *****
> >>> To join, leave or search the confocal microscopy listserv, go to:
> >>> http://lists.umn.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A0=confocalmicroscopy
> >>> Post images on http://www.imgur.com and include the link in your
> posting.
> >>> *****
> >>>
> >>> Dear listers,
> >>>
> >>> In Madrid, teaching and many other collective activities have been
> >>> suspended for 15 days because of COVID19. On the other hand, research
> >>> institutes continue with their normal activity although at a lower
> level.
> >>>
> >>> In order to reduce as much as possible the spread of the virus, our
> >>> advanced bioimaging facility is considering to implement additional
> >>> measures or protocols (beyond common sense).
> >>>
> >>> We would be very grateful if you could share your advice, suggestions
> and
> >>> protocols especially regarding the cleaning procedures of the
> instruments
> >>> (binocular, focus knobs, switches, stage joysticks, etc) and other
> measures
> >>> that affect to the users (wear gloves, etc). We are interested to know
> >>> about easy and effective cleaning procedures that would not be harmful
> for
> >>> the optics, electronics, etc.
> >>>
> >>> Thanks for your input
> >>>
> >>> Best regards
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>
> >>> Rispetta l’ambiente: non stampare questa mail se non è necessario.
> >>> Respect the environment: print this email only if necessary.
> >>>
> >> .
>
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 I misread the article: hydrogen peroxide was tested against a *suspension *of
coronavirus particles--it was not tested as a solution to use to disinfect
*surfaces*.  On surfaces, 70% ethanol for 1 minute was reported to reduce
various coronaviruses by factors of 10^2 to 10^4.

Here's the article again if you want details:
https://www.journalofhospitalinfection.com/article/S0195-6701(20)30046-3/fulltext


Martin

On Wed, Mar 11, 2020 at 1:20 PM Louis Kerr <[hidden email]> wrote:

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>
> I agree that >60% Ethanol degrades the finish and plastics/rubber over
> time.  We have routinely used Ecolabs Peroxide Multi Surface Cleaner and
> Disinfectant.  It contains 8% Hydrogen Peroxide.
>
> Very useful discussion as I am currently writing up internal
> recommendations as well.
>
> Louie
>
>
> Louie Kerr | Director, Imaging Services; Staff Scientist
> Marine Biological Laboratory, 7 MBL Street, Woods Hole, MA  02543
> 508-289-7273 | [hidden email]<mailto:[hidden email]> | www.mbl.edu<
> http://www.mbl.edu/>
>
>
>
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> behalf of Glen MacDonald <[hidden email]>
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> To: [hidden email] <[hidden email]>
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>
> *****
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> *****
>
> Has anyone tried other disinfectants such as 3% peroxide?  70% EtOH tends
> to remove some paints, decals and rubber/plastic finishes.
>
> Great discussion,
> Glen
> > On Mar 11, 2020, at 10:00 AM, Cesare|ALEMBIC <[hidden email]>
> wrote:
> >
> > *****
> > To join, leave or search the confocal microscopy listserv, go to:
> > http://lists.umn.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A0=confocalmicroscopy
> > Post images on http://www.imgur.com and include the link in your
> posting.
> > *****
> >
> > Yes Martin,
> >
> > we use 70% Ethanol for eye-pieces like for each workspace
> (computer+microscope+devices,etc.)
> >
> > They recommended to us considering its volatility and fire point having
> to use (relatively) "a lot" in a (relatively) small room.
> >
> > Best,
> >
> > Cesare
> >
> >
> > Il 11/03/2020 17:40, Martin Wessendorf ha scritto:
> >> *****
> >> To join, leave or search the confocal microscopy listserv, go to:
> >> http://lists.umn.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A0=confocalmicroscopy
> >> Post images on http://www.imgur.com and include the link in your
> posting.
> >> *****
> >>
> >> Dario/Cesare--
> >>
> >> THANK YOU BOTH very much for emphasizing the importance of
> decontaminating
> >> the eye-pieces.  It's obvious in retrospect but I was focussed on the
> >> computer keyboard, mouse, etc.  --Are you using 80% ethanol on the
> >> eye-pieces?
> >>
> >> Best wishes to you and all our other colleagues.  Good luck.  Please
> keep
> >> us posted on developments or recommendations.
> >>
> >> And thank you to all those working to control this beast.
> >>
> >> Martin Wessendorf
> >>
> >> On Wed, Mar 11, 2020 at 8:47 AM Cesare|ALEMBIC <[hidden email]>
> wrote:
> >>
> >>> *****
> >>> To join, leave or search the confocal microscopy listserv, go to:
> >>> http://lists.umn.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A0=confocalmicroscopy
> >>> Post images on http://www.imgur.com and include the link in your
> posting.
> >>> *****
> >>>
> >>> Dear Javier,
> >>>
> >>> here in Milano, as already mentioned by Mario and Dario, we are still
> >>> available (althouhg at lower level as well) but we implemented,
> according
> >>> to Institute Direction, different measures to reduce as much as
> possibile
> >>> the access to the Facility and we recommended to our Users to perform
> only
> >>> urgent and undelayable experiments.
> >>>
> >>> Facility Staff:
> >>> we reduced staff members daily present to the minimum is possible
> >>> Facility entrance:
> >>> - Instruments will be available only from 08:00 to 18:00 from Monday to
> >>> Friday (instead 24/24h, 7/7d) and instrument usage is not allowed on
> >>> holidays and outside of this time schedule.
> >>> - A disposable glove dispenser has been set up outside the entrance
> door
> >>> of the facility. All Users must wear them before entering the Facility
> and
> >>> leave them in a dedicated container as they finish their activities.
> >>>  - the entrance to the Facility will be regulated in order to avoid any
> >>> form of crowding that sees multiple subjects in the same room at a
> distance
> >>> of less than 1.8 meters.
> >>> - Instruments use, including microscopes mouse and keyboards, must be
> done
> >>> by wearing gloves and, as much as possible, with the own protective
> glasses
> >>> (please, remember that Covid-19 seems particularly transmitted by
> aerosol
> >>> contact with conjunctive).
> >>> - At the end of each session, each User must notify it to the Facility
> >>> Staff who will disinfect the exposed parts with Ethanol 70%
> (microscope,
> >>> mouse, keyboards, touchscreens etc. all parts that could be usually
> touched
> >>> by hands or eyes, using a disposable cloths.
> >>> - we require only one person per Instrument and, for the same reason,
> >>> trainings and assisted uses are temporarily suspended.
> >>>
> >>>
> >>> Instruments maintenance :
> >>> no different procedures respect usual maintenance cleaning
> >>>
> >>> I hope this can be useful and a special hello to my "Milanesi"
> collegues!
> >>>
> >>> Cesare
> >>>
> >>>
> >>> Dr. Cesare Covino, M.Sc.
> >>> Facility Manager
> >>> ALEMBIC
> >>> Advanced Light and Electron Microscopy BioImaging Center
> >>> San Raffaele Scientific Institute
> >>> DIBIT 1  S2B4a
> >>> via Olgettina 58, 20132 - Milano - Italy
> >>> Tel +39-022643-4636(others -4640, -4641)
> >>> Fax +39-022643-4646
> >>> e-mail: [hidden email]<mailto:[hidden email]>
> >>> ALEMBIC webpage: http://alembic.hsr.it
> >>>
> >>>
> >>> Il 11/03/2020 10:39, F Javier Diez Guerra ha scritto:
> >>> *****
> >>> To join, leave or search the confocal microscopy listserv, go to:
> >>> http://lists.umn.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A0=confocalmicroscopy
> >>> Post images on http://www.imgur.com and include the link in your
> posting.
> >>> *****
> >>>
> >>> Dear listers,
> >>>
> >>> In Madrid, teaching and many other collective activities have been
> >>> suspended for 15 days because of COVID19. On the other hand, research
> >>> institutes continue with their normal activity although at a lower
> level.
> >>>
> >>> In order to reduce as much as possible the spread of the virus, our
> >>> advanced bioimaging facility is considering to implement additional
> >>> measures or protocols (beyond common sense).
> >>>
> >>> We would be very grateful if you could share your advice, suggestions
> and
> >>> protocols especially regarding the cleaning procedures of the
> instruments
> >>> (binocular, focus knobs, switches, stage joysticks, etc) and other
> measures
> >>> that affect to the users (wear gloves, etc). We are interested to know
> >>> about easy and effective cleaning procedures that would not be harmful
> for
> >>> the optics, electronics, etc.
> >>>
> >>> Thanks for your input
> >>>
> >>> Best regards
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>
> >>> Rispetta l’ambiente: non stampare questa mail se non è necessario.
> >>> Respect the environment: print this email only if necessary.
> >>>
> >> .
>
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Dear all,

Thank you for this very helpful thread!
I was just about to setup stricter rules / recommendations for our facility as the COVID19 wave is hitting Switzerland.

So far we just asked everybody to wash hands thoroughly before and after using the microscope but I will now include your points, in particular the one concerning the disinfection of the oculars.
I will also try to motivate people to rather analyse their data remotely from home than imaging new samples.
Thanks a lot!

Best,
Oliver




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On 11 Mar 2020, at 22:33, Martin Wessendorf <[hidden email]<mailto:[hidden email]>> wrote:

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I misread the article: hydrogen peroxide was tested against a *suspension *of
coronavirus particles--it was not tested as a solution to use to disinfect
*surfaces*.  On surfaces, 70% ethanol for 1 minute was reported to reduce
various coronaviruses by factors of 10^2 to 10^4.

Here's the article again if you want details:
https://www.journalofhospitalinfection.com/article/S0195-6701(20)30046-3/fulltext


Martin

On Wed, Mar 11, 2020 at 1:20 PM Louis Kerr <[hidden email]> wrote:

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I agree that >60% Ethanol degrades the finish and plastics/rubber over
time.  We have routinely used Ecolabs Peroxide Multi Surface Cleaner and
Disinfectant.  It contains 8% Hydrogen Peroxide.

Very useful discussion as I am currently writing up internal
recommendations as well.

Louie


Louie Kerr | Director, Imaging Services; Staff Scientist
Marine Biological Laboratory, 7 MBL Street, Woods Hole, MA  02543
508-289-7273 | [hidden email]<mailto:[hidden email]> | www.mbl.edu<
http://www.mbl.edu/>



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Subject: Re: COVID19: Instrument cleaning protocols

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Has anyone tried other disinfectants such as 3% peroxide?  70% EtOH tends
to remove some paints, decals and rubber/plastic finishes.

Great discussion,
Glen
On Mar 11, 2020, at 10:00 AM, Cesare|ALEMBIC <[hidden email]>
wrote:

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Yes Martin,

we use 70% Ethanol for eye-pieces like for each workspace
(computer+microscope+devices,etc.)

They recommended to us considering its volatility and fire point having
to use (relatively) "a lot" in a (relatively) small room.

Best,

Cesare


Il 11/03/2020 17:40, Martin Wessendorf ha scritto:
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Dario/Cesare--

THANK YOU BOTH very much for emphasizing the importance of
decontaminating
the eye-pieces.  It's obvious in retrospect but I was focussed on the
computer keyboard, mouse, etc.  --Are you using 80% ethanol on the
eye-pieces?

Best wishes to you and all our other colleagues.  Good luck.  Please
keep
us posted on developments or recommendations.

And thank you to all those working to control this beast.

Martin Wessendorf

On Wed, Mar 11, 2020 at 8:47 AM Cesare|ALEMBIC <[hidden email]>
wrote:

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Dear Javier,

here in Milano, as already mentioned by Mario and Dario, we are still
available (althouhg at lower level as well) but we implemented,
according
to Institute Direction, different measures to reduce as much as
possibile
the access to the Facility and we recommended to our Users to perform
only
urgent and undelayable experiments.

Facility Staff:
we reduced staff members daily present to the minimum is possible
Facility entrance:
- Instruments will be available only from 08:00 to 18:00 from Monday to
Friday (instead 24/24h, 7/7d) and instrument usage is not allowed on
holidays and outside of this time schedule.
- A disposable glove dispenser has been set up outside the entrance
door
of the facility. All Users must wear them before entering the Facility
and
leave them in a dedicated container as they finish their activities.
- the entrance to the Facility will be regulated in order to avoid any
form of crowding that sees multiple subjects in the same room at a
distance
of less than 1.8 meters.
- Instruments use, including microscopes mouse and keyboards, must be
done
by wearing gloves and, as much as possible, with the own protective
glasses
(please, remember that Covid-19 seems particularly transmitted by
aerosol
contact with conjunctive).
- At the end of each session, each User must notify it to the Facility
Staff who will disinfect the exposed parts with Ethanol 70%
(microscope,
mouse, keyboards, touchscreens etc. all parts that could be usually
touched
by hands or eyes, using a disposable cloths.
- we require only one person per Instrument and, for the same reason,
trainings and assisted uses are temporarily suspended.


Instruments maintenance :
no different procedures respect usual maintenance cleaning

I hope this can be useful and a special hello to my "Milanesi"
collegues!

Cesare


Dr. Cesare Covino, M.Sc.
Facility Manager
ALEMBIC
Advanced Light and Electron Microscopy BioImaging Center
San Raffaele Scientific Institute
DIBIT 1  S2B4a
via Olgettina 58, 20132 - Milano - Italy
Tel +39-022643-4636(others -4640, -4641)
Fax +39-022643-4646
e-mail: [hidden email]<mailto:[hidden email]>
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Il 11/03/2020 10:39, F Javier Diez Guerra ha scritto:
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Dear listers,

In Madrid, teaching and many other collective activities have been
suspended for 15 days because of COVID19. On the other hand, research
institutes continue with their normal activity although at a lower
level.

In order to reduce as much as possible the spread of the virus, our
advanced bioimaging facility is considering to implement additional
measures or protocols (beyond common sense).

We would be very grateful if you could share your advice, suggestions
and
protocols especially regarding the cleaning procedures of the
instruments
(binocular, focus knobs, switches, stage joysticks, etc) and other
measures
that affect to the users (wear gloves, etc). We are interested to know
about easy and effective cleaning procedures that would not be harmful
for
the optics, electronics, etc.

Thanks for your input

Best regards





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"...[The] viruses show relatively long viability on stainless steel
and polypropylene
compared to copper or cardboard: the median half-life
estimate for 39 HCoV-19 is around 13 hours on steel and around 16 hours on
polypropylene."

https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.03.09.20033217v1.full.pdf

On Thu, Mar 12, 2020 at 04:03 Oliver Biehlmaier <[hidden email]>
wrote:

> *****
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> Post images on http://www.imgur.com and include the link in your posting.
> *****
>
> Dear all,
>
> Thank you for this very helpful thread!
> I was just about to setup stricter rules / recommendations for our
> facility as the COVID19 wave is hitting Switzerland.
>
> So far we just asked everybody to wash hands thoroughly before and after
> using the microscope but I will now include your points, in particular the
> one concerning the disinfection of the oculars.
> I will also try to motivate people to rather analyse their data remotely
> from home than imaging new samples.
> Thanks a lot!
>
> Best,
> Oliver
>
>
>
>
> Oliver Biehlmaier, PhD | Head of Imaging Core Facility  | Biozentrum,
> University of Basel | Klingelbergstrasse 50
> <https://www.google.com/maps/search/Basel+%7C+Klingelbergstrasse+50?entry=gmail&source=g>/70
> | CH-4056 Basel
> Phone: +41 61 207 20 73 | Email: [hidden email]<mailto:
> [hidden email]> | www.biozentrum.unibas.ch/imcf<
> http://www.biozentrum.unibas.ch/imcf> | www.microscopynetwork.unibas.ch<
> http://www.microscopynetwork.unibas.ch/> |
> https://www.ls2.ch/sections/microscopy | @imcf_basel<
> https://twitter.com/imcf_basel>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> On 11 Mar 2020, at 22:33, Martin Wessendorf <[hidden email]<mailto:
> [hidden email]>> wrote:
>
> *****
> To join, leave or search the confocal microscopy listserv, go to:
> http://lists.umn.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A0=confocalmicroscopy
> Post images on http://www.imgur.com and include the link in your posting.
> *****
>
> I misread the article: hydrogen peroxide was tested against a *suspension
> *of
> coronavirus particles--it was not tested as a solution to use to disinfect
> *surfaces*.  On surfaces, 70% ethanol for 1 minute was reported to reduce
> various coronaviruses by factors of 10^2 to 10^4.
>
> Here's the article again if you want details:
>
> https://www.journalofhospitalinfection.com/article/S0195-6701(20)30046-3/fulltext
>
>
> Martin
>
> On Wed, Mar 11, 2020 at 1:20 PM Louis Kerr <[hidden email]> wrote:
>
> *****
> To join, leave or search the confocal microscopy listserv, go to:
> http://lists.umn.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A0=confocalmicroscopy
> Post images on http://www.imgur.com and include the link in your posting.
> *****
>
> I agree that >60% Ethanol degrades the finish and plastics/rubber over
> time.  We have routinely used Ecolabs Peroxide Multi Surface Cleaner and
> Disinfectant.  It contains 8% Hydrogen Peroxide.
>
> Very useful discussion as I am currently writing up internal
> recommendations as well.
>
> Louie
>
>
> Louie Kerr | Director, Imaging Services; Staff Scientist
> Marine Biological Laboratory, 7 MBL Street, Woods Hole, MA  02543
> 508-289-7273 | [hidden email]<mailto:[hidden email]> | www.mbl.edu<
> http://www.mbl.edu/>
>
>
>
> ________________________________
> From: Confocal Microscopy List <[hidden email]> on
> behalf of Glen MacDonald <[hidden email]>
> Sent: Wednesday, March 11, 2020 1:53 PM
> To: [hidden email] <[hidden email]>
> Subject: Re: COVID19: Instrument cleaning protocols
>
> *****
> To join, leave or search the confocal microscopy listserv, go to:
> http://lists.umn.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A0=confocalmicroscopy
> Post images on http://www.imgur.com and include the link in your posting.
> *****
>
> Has anyone tried other disinfectants such as 3% peroxide?  70% EtOH tends
> to remove some paints, decals and rubber/plastic finishes.
>
> Great discussion,
> Glen
> On Mar 11, 2020, at 10:00 AM, Cesare|ALEMBIC <[hidden email]>
> wrote:
>
> *****
> To join, leave or search the confocal microscopy listserv, go to:
> http://lists.umn.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A0=confocalmicroscopy
> Post images on http://www.imgur.com and include the link in your
> posting.
> *****
>
> Yes Martin,
>
> we use 70% Ethanol for eye-pieces like for each workspace
> (computer+microscope+devices,etc.)
>
> They recommended to us considering its volatility and fire point having
> to use (relatively) "a lot" in a (relatively) small room.
>
> Best,
>
> Cesare
>
>
> Il 11/03/2020 17:40, Martin Wessendorf ha scritto:
> *****
> To join, leave or search the confocal microscopy listserv, go to:
> http://lists.umn.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A0=confocalmicroscopy
> Post images on http://www.imgur.com and include the link in your
> posting.
> *****
>
> Dario/Cesare--
>
> THANK YOU BOTH very much for emphasizing the importance of
> decontaminating
> the eye-pieces.  It's obvious in retrospect but I was focussed on the
> computer keyboard, mouse, etc.  --Are you using 80% ethanol on the
> eye-pieces?
>
> Best wishes to you and all our other colleagues.  Good luck.  Please
> keep
> us posted on developments or recommendations.
>
> And thank you to all those working to control this beast.
>
> Martin Wessendorf
>
> On Wed, Mar 11, 2020 at 8:47 AM Cesare|ALEMBIC <[hidden email]>
> wrote:
>
> *****
> To join, leave or search the confocal microscopy listserv, go to:
> http://lists.umn.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A0=confocalmicroscopy
> Post images on http://www.imgur.com and include the link in your
> posting.
> *****
>
> Dear Javier,
>
> here in Milano, as already mentioned by Mario and Dario, we are still
> available (althouhg at lower level as well) but we implemented,
> according
> to Institute Direction, different measures to reduce as much as
> possibile
> the access to the Facility and we recommended to our Users to perform
> only
> urgent and undelayable experiments.
>
> Facility Staff:
> we reduced staff members daily present to the minimum is possible
> Facility entrance:
> - Instruments will be available only from 08:00 to 18:00 from Monday to
> Friday (instead 24/24h, 7/7d) and instrument usage is not allowed on
> holidays and outside of this time schedule.
> - A disposable glove dispenser has been set up outside the entrance
> door
> of the facility. All Users must wear them before entering the Facility
> and
> leave them in a dedicated container as they finish their activities.
> - the entrance to the Facility will be regulated in order to avoid any
> form of crowding that sees multiple subjects in the same room at a
> distance
> of less than 1.8 meters.
> - Instruments use, including microscopes mouse and keyboards, must be
> done
> by wearing gloves and, as much as possible, with the own protective
> glasses
> (please, remember that Covid-19 seems particularly transmitted by
> aerosol
> contact with conjunctive).
> - At the end of each session, each User must notify it to the Facility
> Staff who will disinfect the exposed parts with Ethanol 70%
> (microscope,
> mouse, keyboards, touchscreens etc. all parts that could be usually
> touched
> by hands or eyes, using a disposable cloths.
> - we require only one person per Instrument and, for the same reason,
> trainings and assisted uses are temporarily suspended.
>
>
> Instruments maintenance :
> no different procedures respect usual maintenance cleaning
>
> I hope this can be useful and a special hello to my "Milanesi"
> collegues!
>
> Cesare
>
>
> Dr. Cesare Covino, M.Sc.
> Facility Manager
> ALEMBIC
> Advanced Light and Electron Microscopy BioImaging Center
> San Raffaele Scientific Institute
> DIBIT 1  S2B4a
> via Olgettina 58, 20132 - Milano - Italy
> <https://www.google.com/maps/search/via+Olgettina+58,+20132+-+Milano+-+Italy?entry=gmail&source=g>
> Tel +39-022643-4636(others -4640, -4641)
> Fax +39-022643-4646
> e-mail: [hidden email]<mailto:[hidden email]>
> ALEMBIC webpage: http://alembic.hsr.it
>
>
> Il 11/03/2020 10:39, F Javier Diez Guerra ha scritto:
> *****
> To join, leave or search the confocal microscopy listserv, go to:
> http://lists.umn.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A0=confocalmicroscopy
> Post images on http://www.imgur.com and include the link in your
> posting.
> *****
>
> Dear listers,
>
> In Madrid, teaching and many other collective activities have been
> suspended for 15 days because of COVID19. On the other hand, research
> institutes continue with their normal activity although at a lower
> level.
>
> In order to reduce as much as possible the spread of the virus, our
> advanced bioimaging facility is considering to implement additional
> measures or protocols (beyond common sense).
>
> We would be very grateful if you could share your advice, suggestions
> and
> protocols especially regarding the cleaning procedures of the
> instruments
> (binocular, focus knobs, switches, stage joysticks, etc) and other
> measures
> that affect to the users (wear gloves, etc). We are interested to know
> about easy and effective cleaning procedures that would not be harmful
> for
> the optics, electronics, etc.
>
> Thanks for your input
>
> Best regards
>
>
>
>
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Former professional laser service technician here, Senior technician (optics and instrumentation) for my university employer. With over  25 years  experience in lasers and optics.
I maintain my department's Confocal. I also teach the graduate students  operations, imaging theory,  and image processing.   Actual biology is taught by the professors, although I've had to learn much about dyes and quantum dots along the way.

    With the exception of UV and Mid-far IR optics,  ultra high purity, dry,  Methanol in the US, and Ethanol, (Europe) are the desired cleaning agents for most coated lenses and mirrors.  HPLC or Spectroscopy grade are preferred .  Pharmacy grade materials  are to be avoided as the denaturants used generally react  with moisture or do not evaporate and leave a white film on the optics.

    Acetone is used to remove fatty materials and fingerprint residues, although sparingly as it tends to damage the adhesives used to hold optics in place. Acetone accelerates the  degradation of materials used to bond together lenses that are corrected for chromatic aberration. (Optical Epoxies, Balsam Cements)

   In an absolute worse case, 3% peroxide in water may be used to "Save" an optic if the containment is stubborn, followed by immediate treatment with an anhydrous alcohol.

    Where microscopy differs from laser optics and larger lenses,  is the general use of very soft microfiber or nanofiber cloths rather then lens tissue.  This is done to avoid any risk of scratching the optic and due to the small size of objectives. Also they reach into nooks and crannies, where  lens tissue or swabs would miss the edges or gaps in microscope structures.  These cloths usually have a protrusive structure, many tiny bumps, rather then a relatively flat surface such as lens tissue.  Technicians who annually  service our Confocals, from two major companies, have both told me they launder their microfiber cloths, multiple times,  to break down and soften them.

Water is to be avoided, as are ammonia and soap based lens cleaners sold for camera optics. Ammonia quickly damages silvered or aluminized  reflective optics and is not kind to many types of coated optics.  Chlorinated solvents are probably  going to cause immediate systems damage for most instruments.


If you have Catadioptic or Immersion  lenses,  Reflective  Optics, or IR or UV optics that are not glass or fused silica,  consult your manufacturer.

If your manual does not specify a cleaning technique and you are sure that your optic is glass or fused silica:

First step is trying to remove dust by using an air puffer or clean jet of filtered dry air or nitrogen.  Do not use fluorocarbon based "Canned Air" products as fluorocarbons damage many optical coatings.

Second step is moistened microfiber cloth using alcohol or acetone to wipe the optic using a figure eight or circular in and out stroking pattern for objectives. Remoisten the cloth, move  to a clean segment clean again, if needed.  Avoid more then mild pressure, you really just need a gentle  wipe.    Final clean is usually an alcohol.    Avoid "Dry Wiping" without a solvent or fluid, at all costs.

The idea is use a minimal amount of solvent, flooding the apparatus is bad form.

If the containment is  stubborn,     Acetone, then Alcohol, or Acetone, Peroxide , Alcohol, is the sequence.

When  a microfiber cloth is not working or the optic is in a difficult place, the alternative is a wood stick cotton throat swab in a sealed sterile  package, one that has NO glue or NO adhesive holding the cotton to the shaft. Plastic stems or cardboard stems are to be avoided at all costs.   Wood stemmed swabs get a "Flush and Shake" maneuver to remove gross contamination, then are remoistened and used to clean the optic once.  Proper procedure is to roll the swab as you move it along the optic, so that a fresh surface is being used at all times.  I teach the ceremonial  breaking of the wood shaft  to prevent reuse.


For large optics, or dichroic optics,   we use the drop and drag technique  with lens tissue where possible.

For very critical intra-cavity laser optics or difficult materials such as optical fibers, we use the standard folded lens tissue with hemostats. Learning this technique generally requires instruction,  as folding the tissue without touching it, is difficult.


Our service technician taught me to use soap and water on the eye cups, followed by  alcohol on lens tissue as a wipe.

I'd suggest the following videos.    I imagine that cleaning the microscope to sterilize it may  result in a  few cases of dirty optics, so I  posted this email.


When in doubt, start with the manual, especially if still in warranty.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Pq4SeNmFYw


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7NduedSVKI


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdNS2mGSTfI

With Kind Regards,

Steve








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Dear all,

Thank you for this very helpful thread!
I was just about to setup stricter rules / recommendations for our facility as the COVID19 wave is hitting Switzerland.

So far we just asked everybody to wash hands thoroughly before and after using the microscope but I will now include your points, in particular the one concerning the disinfection of the oculars.
I will also try to motivate people to rather analyse their data remotely from home than imaging new samples.
Thanks a lot!

Best,
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I misread the article: hydrogen peroxide was tested against a *suspension *of
coronavirus particles--it was not tested as a solution to use to disinfect
*surfaces*.  On surfaces, 70% ethanol for 1 minute was reported to reduce
various coronaviruses by factors of 10^2 to 10^4.

Here's the article again if you want details:
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I agree that >60% Ethanol degrades the finish and plastics/rubber over
time.  We have routinely used Ecolabs Peroxide Multi Surface Cleaner and
Disinfectant.  It contains 8% Hydrogen Peroxide.

Very useful discussion as I am currently writing up internal
recommendations as well.

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Has anyone tried other disinfectants such as 3% peroxide?  70% EtOH tends
to remove some paints, decals and rubber/plastic finishes.

Great discussion,
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Yes Martin,

we use 70% Ethanol for eye-pieces like for each workspace
(computer+microscope+devices,etc.)

They recommended to us considering its volatility and fire point having
to use (relatively) "a lot" in a (relatively) small room.

Best,

Cesare


Il 11/03/2020 17:40, Martin Wessendorf ha scritto:
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Dario/Cesare--

THANK YOU BOTH very much for emphasizing the importance of
decontaminating
the eye-pieces.  It's obvious in retrospect but I was focussed on the
computer keyboard, mouse, etc.  --Are you using 80% ethanol on the
eye-pieces?

Best wishes to you and all our other colleagues.  Good luck.  Please
keep
us posted on developments or recommendations.

And thank you to all those working to control this beast.

Martin Wessendorf

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Dear Javier,

here in Milano, as already mentioned by Mario and Dario, we are still
available (althouhg at lower level as well) but we implemented,
according
to Institute Direction, different measures to reduce as much as
possibile
the access to the Facility and we recommended to our Users to perform
only
urgent and undelayable experiments.

Facility Staff:
we reduced staff members daily present to the minimum is possible
Facility entrance:
- Instruments will be available only from 08:00 to 18:00 from Monday to
Friday (instead 24/24h, 7/7d) and instrument usage is not allowed on
holidays and outside of this time schedule.
- A disposable glove dispenser has been set up outside the entrance
door
of the facility. All Users must wear them before entering the Facility
and
leave them in a dedicated container as they finish their activities.
- the entrance to the Facility will be regulated in order to avoid any
form of crowding that sees multiple subjects in the same room at a
distance
of less than 1.8 meters.
- Instruments use, including microscopes mouse and keyboards, must be
done
by wearing gloves and, as much as possible, with the own protective
glasses
(please, remember that Covid-19 seems particularly transmitted by
aerosol
contact with conjunctive).
- At the end of each session, each User must notify it to the Facility
Staff who will disinfect the exposed parts with Ethanol 70%
(microscope,
mouse, keyboards, touchscreens etc. all parts that could be usually
touched
by hands or eyes, using a disposable cloths.
- we require only one person per Instrument and, for the same reason,
trainings and assisted uses are temporarily suspended.


Instruments maintenance :
no different procedures respect usual maintenance cleaning

I hope this can be useful and a special hello to my "Milanesi"
collegues!

Cesare


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Dear listers,

In Madrid, teaching and many other collective activities have been
suspended for 15 days because of COVID19. On the other hand, research
institutes continue with their normal activity although at a lower
level.

In order to reduce as much as possible the spread of the virus, our
advanced bioimaging facility is considering to implement additional
measures or protocols (beyond common sense).

We would be very grateful if you could share your advice, suggestions
and
protocols especially regarding the cleaning procedures of the
instruments
(binocular, focus knobs, switches, stage joysticks, etc) and other
measures
that affect to the users (wear gloves, etc). We are interested to know
about easy and effective cleaning procedures that would not be harmful
for
the optics, electronics, etc.

Thanks for your input

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Re: COVID19: Instrument cleaning protocols

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Hi all,

Methanol vapors are toxic, especially when methanol is used in a confined space like a microscope room. Ethanol is less toxic and readily available to labs in the US at 95% or 100%.

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Former professional laser service technician here, Senior technician (optics and instrumentation) for my university employer. With over  25 years  experience in lasers and optics.
I maintain my department's Confocal. I also teach the graduate students  operations, imaging theory,  and image processing.   Actual biology is taught by the professors, although I've had to learn much about dyes and quantum dots along the way.

    With the exception of UV and Mid-far IR optics,  ultra high purity, dry,  Methanol in the US, and Ethanol, (Europe) are the desired cleaning agents for most coated lenses and mirrors.  HPLC or Spectroscopy grade are preferred .  Pharmacy grade materials  are to be avoided as the denaturants used generally react  with moisture or do not evaporate and leave a white film on the optics.

    Acetone is used to remove fatty materials and fingerprint residues, although sparingly as it tends to damage the adhesives used to hold optics in place. Acetone accelerates the  degradation of materials used to bond together lenses that are corrected for chromatic aberration. (Optical Epoxies, Balsam Cements)

   In an absolute worse case, 3% peroxide in water may be used to "Save" an optic if the containment is stubborn, followed by immediate treatment with an anhydrous alcohol.

    Where microscopy differs from laser optics and larger lenses,  is the general use of very soft microfiber or nanofiber cloths rather then lens tissue.  This is done to avoid any risk of scratching the optic and due to the small size of objectives. Also they reach into nooks and crannies, where  lens tissue or swabs would miss the edges or gaps in microscope structures.  These cloths usually have a protrusive structure, many tiny bumps, rather then a relatively flat surface such as lens tissue.  Technicians who annually  service our Confocals, from two major companies, have both told me they launder their microfiber cloths, multiple times,  to break down and soften them.

Water is to be avoided, as are ammonia and soap based lens cleaners sold for camera optics. Ammonia quickly damages silvered or aluminized  reflective optics and is not kind to many types of coated optics.  Chlorinated solvents are probably  going to cause immediate systems damage for most instruments.


If you have Catadioptic or Immersion  lenses,  Reflective  Optics, or IR or UV optics that are not glass or fused silica,  consult your manufacturer.

If your manual does not specify a cleaning technique and you are sure that your optic is glass or fused silica:

First step is trying to remove dust by using an air puffer or clean jet of filtered dry air or nitrogen.  Do not use fluorocarbon based "Canned Air" products as fluorocarbons damage many optical coatings.

Second step is moistened microfiber cloth using alcohol or acetone to wipe the optic using a figure eight or circular in and out stroking pattern for objectives. Remoisten the cloth, move  to a clean segment clean again, if needed.  Avoid more then mild pressure, you really just need a gentle  wipe.    Final clean is usually an alcohol.    Avoid "Dry Wiping" without a solvent or fluid, at all costs.

The idea is use a minimal amount of solvent, flooding the apparatus is bad form.

If the containment is  stubborn,     Acetone, then Alcohol, or Acetone, Peroxide , Alcohol, is the sequence.

When  a microfiber cloth is not working or the optic is in a difficult place, the alternative is a wood stick cotton throat swab in a sealed sterile  package, one that has NO glue or NO adhesive holding the cotton to the shaft. Plastic stems or cardboard stems are to be avoided at all costs.   Wood stemmed swabs get a "Flush and Shake" maneuver to remove gross contamination, then are remoistened and used to clean the optic once.  Proper procedure is to roll the swab as you move it along the optic, so that a fresh surface is being used at all times.  I teach the ceremonial  breaking of the wood shaft  to prevent reuse.


For large optics, or dichroic optics,   we use the drop and drag technique  with lens tissue where possible.

For very critical intra-cavity laser optics or difficult materials such as optical fibers, we use the standard folded lens tissue with hemostats. Learning this technique generally requires instruction,  as folding the tissue without touching it, is difficult.


Our service technician taught me to use soap and water on the eye cups, followed by  alcohol on lens tissue as a wipe.

I'd suggest the following videos.    I imagine that cleaning the microscope to sterilize it may  result in a  few cases of dirty optics, so I  posted this email.


When in doubt, start with the manual, especially if still in warranty.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Pq4SeNmFYw


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7NduedSVKI


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdNS2mGSTfI

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Steve








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Dear all,

Thank you for this very helpful thread!
I was just about to setup stricter rules / recommendations for our facility as the COVID19 wave is hitting Switzerland.

So far we just asked everybody to wash hands thoroughly before and after using the microscope but I will now include your points, in particular the one concerning the disinfection of the oculars.
I will also try to motivate people to rather analyse their data remotely from home than imaging new samples.
Thanks a lot!

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I misread the article: hydrogen peroxide was tested against a *suspension *of coronavirus particles--it was not tested as a solution to use to disinfect *surfaces*.  On surfaces, 70% ethanol for 1 minute was reported to reduce various coronaviruses by factors of 10^2 to 10^4.

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I agree that >60% Ethanol degrades the finish and plastics/rubber over time.  We have routinely used Ecolabs Peroxide Multi Surface Cleaner and Disinfectant.  It contains 8% Hydrogen Peroxide.

Very useful discussion as I am currently writing up internal recommendations as well.

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Has anyone tried other disinfectants such as 3% peroxide?  70% EtOH tends to remove some paints, decals and rubber/plastic finishes.

Great discussion,
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Yes Martin,

we use 70% Ethanol for eye-pieces like for each workspace
(computer+microscope+devices,etc.)

They recommended to us considering its volatility and fire point having to use (relatively) "a lot" in a (relatively) small room.

Best,

Cesare


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Dario/Cesare--

THANK YOU BOTH very much for emphasizing the importance of decontaminating the eye-pieces.  It's obvious in retrospect but I was focussed on the computer keyboard, mouse, etc.  --Are you using 80% ethanol on the eye-pieces?

Best wishes to you and all our other colleagues.  Good luck.  Please keep us posted on developments or recommendations.

And thank you to all those working to control this beast.

Martin Wessendorf

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Dear Javier,

here in Milano, as already mentioned by Mario and Dario, we are still available (althouhg at lower level as well) but we implemented, according to Institute Direction, different measures to reduce as much as possibile the access to the Facility and we recommended to our Users to perform only urgent and undelayable experiments.

Facility Staff:
we reduced staff members daily present to the minimum is possible Facility entrance:
- Instruments will be available only from 08:00 to 18:00 from Monday to Friday (instead 24/24h, 7/7d) and instrument usage is not allowed on holidays and outside of this time schedule.
- A disposable glove dispenser has been set up outside the entrance door of the facility. All Users must wear them before entering the Facility and leave them in a dedicated container as they finish their activities.
- the entrance to the Facility will be regulated in order to avoid any form of crowding that sees multiple subjects in the same room at a distance of less than 1.8 meters.
- Instruments use, including microscopes mouse and keyboards, must be done by wearing gloves and, as much as possible, with the own protective glasses (please, remember that Covid-19 seems particularly transmitted by aerosol contact with conjunctive).
- At the end of each session, each User must notify it to the Facility Staff who will disinfect the exposed parts with Ethanol 70% (microscope, mouse, keyboards, touchscreens etc. all parts that could be usually touched by hands or eyes, using a disposable cloths.
- we require only one person per Instrument and, for the same reason, trainings and assisted uses are temporarily suspended.


Instruments maintenance :
no different procedures respect usual maintenance cleaning

I hope this can be useful and a special hello to my "Milanesi"
collegues!

Cesare


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Dear listers,

In Madrid, teaching and many other collective activities have been suspended for 15 days because of COVID19. On the other hand, research institutes continue with their normal activity although at a lower level.

In order to reduce as much as possible the spread of the virus, our advanced bioimaging facility is considering to implement additional measures or protocols (beyond common sense).

We would be very grateful if you could share your advice, suggestions and protocols especially regarding the cleaning procedures of the instruments (binocular, focus knobs, switches, stage joysticks, etc) and other measures that affect to the users (wear gloves, etc). We are interested to know about easy and effective cleaning procedures that would not be harmful for the optics, electronics, etc.

Thanks for your input

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I need to add a correction to my earlier statement about the concentration of hydrogen peroxide.  The stock is 8% but is diluted to either 0.25 or 0.375%.  We also use a health care variety for other uses that is 0.5%.

Thanks again,
Louie


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I agree that >60% Ethanol degrades the finish and plastics/rubber over time.  We have routinely used Ecolabs Peroxide Multi Surface Cleaner and Disinfectant.  It contains 8% Hydrogen Peroxide.

Very useful discussion as I am currently writing up internal recommendations as well.

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Has anyone tried other disinfectants such as 3% peroxide?  70% EtOH tends to remove some paints, decals and rubber/plastic finishes.

Great discussion,
Glen

> On Mar 11, 2020, at 10:00 AM, Cesare|ALEMBIC <[hidden email]> wrote:
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> Yes Martin,
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> we use 70% Ethanol for eye-pieces like for each workspace (computer+microscope+devices,etc.)
>
> They recommended to us considering its volatility and fire point having to use (relatively) "a lot" in a (relatively) small room.
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> Best,
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> Cesare
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> Il 11/03/2020 17:40, Martin Wessendorf ha scritto:
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>> Dario/Cesare--
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>> THANK YOU BOTH very much for emphasizing the importance of decontaminating
>> the eye-pieces.  It's obvious in retrospect but I was focussed on the
>> computer keyboard, mouse, etc.  --Are you using 80% ethanol on the
>> eye-pieces?
>>
>> Best wishes to you and all our other colleagues.  Good luck.  Please keep
>> us posted on developments or recommendations.
>>
>> And thank you to all those working to control this beast.
>>
>> Martin Wessendorf
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>> On Wed, Mar 11, 2020 at 8:47 AM Cesare|ALEMBIC <[hidden email]> wrote:
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>>> Dear Javier,
>>>
>>> here in Milano, as already mentioned by Mario and Dario, we are still
>>> available (althouhg at lower level as well) but we implemented, according
>>> to Institute Direction, different measures to reduce as much as possibile
>>> the access to the Facility and we recommended to our Users to perform only
>>> urgent and undelayable experiments.
>>>
>>> Facility Staff:
>>> we reduced staff members daily present to the minimum is possible
>>> Facility entrance:
>>> - Instruments will be available only from 08:00 to 18:00 from Monday to
>>> Friday (instead 24/24h, 7/7d) and instrument usage is not allowed on
>>> holidays and outside of this time schedule.
>>> - A disposable glove dispenser has been set up outside the entrance door
>>> of the facility. All Users must wear them before entering the Facility and
>>> leave them in a dedicated container as they finish their activities.
>>>  - the entrance to the Facility will be regulated in order to avoid any
>>> form of crowding that sees multiple subjects in the same room at a distance
>>> of less than 1.8 meters.
>>> - Instruments use, including microscopes mouse and keyboards, must be done
>>> by wearing gloves and, as much as possible, with the own protective glasses
>>> (please, remember that Covid-19 seems particularly transmitted by aerosol
>>> contact with conjunctive).
>>> - At the end of each session, each User must notify it to the Facility
>>> Staff who will disinfect the exposed parts with Ethanol 70% (microscope,
>>> mouse, keyboards, touchscreens etc. all parts that could be usually touched
>>> by hands or eyes, using a disposable cloths.
>>> - we require only one person per Instrument and, for the same reason,
>>> trainings and assisted uses are temporarily suspended.
>>>
>>>
>>> Instruments maintenance :
>>> no different procedures respect usual maintenance cleaning
>>>
>>> I hope this can be useful and a special hello to my "Milanesi" collegues!
>>>
>>> Cesare
>>>
>>>
>>> Dr. Cesare Covino, M.Sc.
>>> Facility Manager
>>> ALEMBIC
>>> Advanced Light and Electron Microscopy BioImaging Center
>>> San Raffaele Scientific Institute
>>> DIBIT 1  S2B4a
>>> via Olgettina 58, 20132 - Milano - Italy
>>> Tel +39-022643-4636(others -4640, -4641)
>>> Fax +39-022643-4646
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>>> Il 11/03/2020 10:39, F Javier Diez Guerra ha scritto:
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>>> Dear listers,
>>>
>>> In Madrid, teaching and many other collective activities have been
>>> suspended for 15 days because of COVID19. On the other hand, research
>>> institutes continue with their normal activity although at a lower level.
>>>
>>> In order to reduce as much as possible the spread of the virus, our
>>> advanced bioimaging facility is considering to implement additional
>>> measures or protocols (beyond common sense).
>>>
>>> We would be very grateful if you could share your advice, suggestions and
>>> protocols especially regarding the cleaning procedures of the instruments
>>> (binocular, focus knobs, switches, stage joysticks, etc) and other measures
>>> that affect to the users (wear gloves, etc). We are interested to know
>>> about easy and effective cleaning procedures that would not be harmful for
>>> the optics, electronics, etc.
>>>
>>> Thanks for your input
>>>
>>> Best regards
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
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Perhaps temporarily removing the rubber eye cups from the eyepieces would better facilitate cleaning between users for now?Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
-------- Original message --------From: Louis Kerr <[hidden email]> Date: 3/12/20  12:30 PM  (GMT-08:00) To: [hidden email] Subject: Re: COVID19: Instrument cleaning protocols *****To join, leave or search the confocal microscopy listserv, go to:http://lists.umn.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A0=confocalmicroscopyPost images on http://www.imgur.com and include the link in your posting.*****I need to add a correction to my earlier statement about the concentration of hydrogen peroxide.  The stock is 8% but is diluted to either 0.25 or 0.375%.  We also use a health care variety for other uses that is 0.5%.Thanks again,LouieLouie Kerr | Director, Imaging Services; Staff ScientistMarine Biological Laboratory, 7 MBL Street, Woods Hole, MA  02543508-289-7273 | [hidden email]<mailto:[hidden email]> | www.mbl.edu<http://www.mbl.edu/>________________________________From: Louis Kerr <[hidden email]>Sent: Wednesday, March 11, 2020 2:19 PMTo: Glen MacDonald <[hidden email]>; [hidden email] <[hidden email]>Subject: Re: COVID19: Instrument cleaning protocolsI agree that >60% Ethanol degrades the finish and plastics/rubber over time.  We have routinely used Ecolabs Peroxide Multi Surface Cleaner and Disinfectant.  It contains 8% Hydrogen Peroxide.Very useful discussion as I am currently writing up internal recommendations as well.LouieLouie Kerr | Director, Imaging Services; Staff ScientistMarine Biological Laboratory, 7 MBL Street, Woods Hole, MA  02543508-289-7273 | [hidden email]<mailto:[hidden email]> | www.mbl.edu<http://www.mbl.edu/>________________________________From: Confocal Microscopy List <[hidden email]> on behalf of Glen MacDonald <[hidden email]>Sent: Wednesday, March 11, 2020 1:53 PMTo: [hidden email] <[hidden email]>Subject: Re: COVID19: Instrument cleaning protocols*****To join, leave or search the confocal microscopy listserv, go to:http://lists.umn.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A0=confocalmicroscopyPost images on http://www.imgur.com and include the link in your posting.*****Has anyone tried other disinfectants such as 3% peroxide?  70% EtOH tends to remove some paints, decals and rubber/plastic finishes.Great discussion,Glen> On Mar 11, 2020, at 10:00 AM, Cesare|ALEMBIC <[hidden email]> wrote:>> *****> To join, leave or search the confocal microscopy listserv, go to:> http://lists.umn.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A0=confocalmicroscopy> Post images on http://www.imgur.com and include the link in your posting.> *****>> Yes Martin,>> we use 70% Ethanol for eye-pieces like for each workspace (computer+microscope+devices,etc.)>> They recommended to us considering its volatility and fire point having to use (relatively) "a lot" in a (relatively) small room.>> Best,>> Cesare>>> Il 11/03/2020 17:40, Martin Wessendorf ha scritto:>> *****>> To join, leave or search the confocal microscopy listserv, go to:>> http://lists.umn.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A0=confocalmicroscopy>> Post images on http://www.imgur.com and include the link in your posting.>> *****>>>> Dario/Cesare-->>>> THANK YOU BOTH very much for emphasizing the importance of decontaminating>> the eye-pieces.  It's obvious in retrospect but I was focussed on the>> computer keyboard, mouse, etc.  --Are you using 80% ethanol on the>> eye-pieces?>>>> Best wishes to you and all our other colleagues.  Good luck.  Please keep>> us posted on developments or recommendations.>>>> And thank you to all those working to control this beast.>>>> Martin Wessendorf>>>> On Wed, Mar 11, 2020 at 8:47 AM Cesare|ALEMBIC <[hidden email]> wrote:>>>>> *****>>> To join, leave or search the confocal microscopy listserv, go to:>>> http://lists.umn.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A0=confocalmicroscopy>>> Post images on http://www.imgur.com and include the link in your posting.>>> *****>>>>>> Dear Javier,>>>>>> here in Milano, as already mentioned by Mario and Dario, we are still>>> available (althouhg at lower level as well) but we implemented, according>>> to Institute Direction, different measures to reduce as much as possibile>>> the access to the Facility and we recommended to our Users to perform only>>> urgent and undelayable experiments.>>>>>> Facility Staff:>>> we reduced staff members daily present to the minimum is possible>>> Facility entrance:>>> - Instruments will be available only from 08:00 to 18:00 from Monday to>>> Friday (instead 24/24h, 7/7d) and instrument usage is not allowed on>>> holidays and outside of this time schedule.>>> - A disposable glove dispenser has been set up outside the entrance door>>> of the facility. All Users must wear them before entering the Facility and>>> leave them in a dedicated container as they finish their activities.>>>  - the entrance to the Facility will be regulated in order to avoid any>>> form of crowding that sees multiple subjects in the same room at a distance>>> of less than 1.8 meters.>>> - Instruments use, including microscopes mouse and keyboards, must be done>>> by wearing gloves and, as much as possible, with the own protective glasses>>> (please, remember that Covid-19 seems particularly transmitted by aerosol>>> contact with conjunctive).>>> - At the end of each session, each User must notify it to the Facility>>> Staff who will disinfect the exposed parts with Ethanol 70% (microscope,>>> mouse, keyboards, touchscreens etc. all parts that could be usually touched>>> by hands or eyes, using a disposable cloths.>>> - we require only one person per Instrument and, for the same reason,>>> trainings and assisted uses are temporarily suspended.>>>>>>>>> Instruments maintenance :>>> no different procedures respect usual maintenance cleaning>>>>>> I hope this can be useful and a special hello to my "Milanesi" collegues!>>>>>> Cesare>>>>>>>>> Dr. Cesare Covino, M.Sc.>>> Facility Manager>>> ALEMBIC>>> Advanced Light and Electron Microscopy BioImaging Center>>> San Raffaele Scientific Institute>>> DIBIT 1  S2B4a>>> via Olgettina 58, 20132 - Milano - Italy>>> Tel +39-022643-4636(others -4640, -4641)>>> Fax +39-022643-4646>>> e-mail: [hidden email]<mailto:[hidden email]>>>> ALEMBIC webpage: http://alembic.hsr.it>>>>>>>>> Il 11/03/2020 10:39, F Javier Diez Guerra ha scritto:>>> *****>>> To join, leave or search the confocal microscopy listserv, go to:>>> http://lists.umn.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A0=confocalmicroscopy>>> Post images on http://www.imgur.com and include the link in your posting.>>> *****>>>>>> Dear listers,>>>>>> In Madrid, teaching and many other collective activities have been>>> suspended for 15 days because of COVID19. On the other hand, research>>> institutes continue with their normal activity although at a lower level.>>>>>> In order to reduce as much as possible the spread of the virus, our>>> advanced bioimaging facility is considering to implement additional>>> measures or protocols (beyond common sense).>>>>>> We would be very grateful if you could share your advice, suggestions and>>> protocols especially regarding the cleaning procedures of the instruments>>> (binocular, focus knobs, switches, stage joysticks, etc) and other measures>>> that affect to the users (wear gloves, etc). We are interested to know>>> about easy and effective cleaning procedures that would not be harmful for>>> the optics, electronics, etc.>>>>>> Thanks for your input>>>>>> Best regards>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Rispetta l’ambiente: non stampare questa mail se non è necessario.>>> Respect the environment: print this email only if necessary.>>>>> .
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I have read many, but not all of, the messages in this thread, so apologies if some redundancy.

The following response is a few tips for microscope decontamination for BSL-2 (and in some cases BSL-3), not specifically for the corona virus, but I believe these points apply and some of them are for equipment protection while also fulfilling the goal of microorganism or virus decontamination.  They could be extended to decontamination of scopes and ancillary equipment as per users who may be carrying contagious illnesses.  I am writing from the point of view of a core facility with scopes used by many people and in scattered locations with minimal or no supervision.  These are more practical tips we have learned (the hard way) for operating as part of more thorough protocols.

Paper goods:  We do not allow commercial tissues in the lab.  We have had people with colds come to use the microscopes and bring their own box of tissues with them to wipe their noses while using our equipment.  (Yes, this is true.)  They will use these tissues on the equipment if they are within reach.  Tissues are likely to scratch optics and leave dust everywhere.  Paper goods need to be limited to lens tissue and wood fiber only Kimwipes.

70% EtOH and 10% bleach must be kept in bottles that look completely different.  People will get them confused otherwise and bleach sprayed on optics is not good.  A bottle with a white top and a bottle with a red top with Sharpie marker writing on the side are not different enough.  We solve this problem by supplying the 70% EtOH in clear hand labeled bottles and the bleach in prepackaged Clorox bottles.  (The clear bottles are marked with Sharpie and then clear packing tape over the writing to prevent the ink from being washed off because, like immersion oil somehow getting applied to every surface, EtOH will run down the side of the bottle.  The Clorox bottles are also labeled in BIG letters, Microscopy, to reduce "borrowing" of them; when you need the bleach, you need it next to the scope, not in somebody else's lab.)

Using prepackaged bleach has another benefit.  It is buffered so it remains active longer.  The downside of this is that it may leave a fine power residue.  However, this is preferential to having people mistaking bottles and spraying bleach on optics.  The surfaces may be wiped down a second time with EtOH, water, or lens cleaner to remove the powder.

70% EtOH may damage plastics (other people have mentioned this).  Beware overuse on Plexiglas boxes, plastic knobs, and painted surfaces.  We have had environmental chambers on scopes develop networks of microcracks due to too much EtOH. If you want to decontaminate these surfaces, we recommend 10% bleach.

Other people have mentioned methanol and its toxicity.  It is not used as an antiseptic.  Staff use this very sparingly for cleaning optics.  There is no methanol available where general users may access it.

People need to be told repeatedly not to spray directly onto the microscope.  Demonstration training is necessary for people to see how to saturate a Kimwipe and how to wipe once and dispose.  Perhaps the single most misunderstood aspect of cleaning is that the first wipe removes and the second wipe or circular motion smears it around.  I try to explain this with analogies such as proper wiping when changing an infant's diaper, the pink stuff in The Cat In The Hat Comes Back, or fine art painting wet-in-wet, but these references are often not shared by our clients.  (This is similar to the training how to clean oil off immersion lenses.)

Use of gloves is another big problem, but here are some highlights.  Environmental Health and Safety has clear rules that the microscopes may not be used with gloves on.  One argument is that prohibiting gloves makes people more cognizant of safe handling.  Regardless, this blanket prohibition removes our having to argue with people over glove use.  The main point is that if the samples are too dangerous to use with gloves off, then they can't be used on the microscope.  However, cleaning up spills and handling cleaning solvents may require use of gloves.  The final cleaning should be such that it is safe for anyone to touch without gloves.  People really do need to be reminded that other people will be using the resources after them and there is a responsibility to make it safe for the next users.  We supply gloves in the room.  We keep the rooms stocked with gloves from small to X-large.  People will reuse the same gloves if you don't give them a surplus of gloves.  People need to be explicitly taught to peel off gloves inside-out and toss in trash or they will neatly pull off each finger and lay the contaminated glove on a table for reuse.

Any instrument should be clean for immediate subsequent use by someone else.
However, time is also decontamination for many pathogens.

Whereas these points are part of routine BSL-2 protocols, they could be extended to protocol(s) for wiping down exterior of equipment, ancillary equipment including keyboards, mice, mouse pads, furniture such as tables, chairs, doorknobs, the spot on the door everyone pushes on (look at an angle to find the worn or dirty spot), etc.

If you or specific staff are going to do the decontamination, then most of the points above are unnecessary.  If unsupervised users will be directed to clean up after each use, I recommend heeding the above.  All training would need to be demonstration.   Ultimately, if you want decontamination done strictly your way, you need to do it yourself.

(BTW, this email was written in New Rochelle, NY, two miles from where Thomas Paine wrote Common Sense.)

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Perhaps temporarily removing the rubber eye cups from the eyepieces would better facilitate cleaning between users for now?Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
-------- Original message --------From: Louis Kerr <[hidden email]> Date: 3/12/20  12:30 PM  (GMT-08:00) To: [hidden email] Subject: Re: COVID19: Instrument cleaning protocols *****To join, leave or search the confocal microscopy listserv, go to:https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__lists.umn.edu_cgi-2Dbin_wa-3FA0-3DconfocalmicroscopyPost&d=DwIGaQ&c=j5oPpO0eBH1iio48DtsedeElZfc04rx3ExJHeIIZuCs&r=hUBj2D5n6oKThx2L01qn8IORZb5f-ruLVXPmQ1zQNnM&m=MlK8WMG06xfxzAmZVROsxqzZnioy-Jx4N6o1Ee17q2M&s=lLqtCdVm9sCINhkySsvM4LW8fsOl82Fa0j8RDu8tfTU&e=  images on https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.imgur.com&d=DwIGaQ&c=j5oPpO0eBH1iio48DtsedeElZfc04rx3ExJHeIIZuCs&r=hUBj2D5n6oKThx2L01qn8IORZb5f-ruLVXPmQ1zQNnM&m=MlK8WMG06xfxzAmZVROsxqzZnioy-Jx4N6o1Ee17q2M&s=jYa_lp2KyvbjFXUs4LHG4Ai53otwmDG3p01p0lIsFvU&e=  and include the link in your posting.*****I need to add a correction to my earlier statement about the concentration of hydrogen peroxide.  The stock is 8% but is diluted to either 0.25 or 0.375%.  We also use a health care variety for other uses that is 0.5%.Thanks again,LouieLouie Kerr | Director, Imaging Services; Staff ScientistMarine Biological Laboratory, 7 MBL Street, Woods Hole, MA  02543508-289-7273 | [hidden email]<mailto:[hidden email]> | https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.mbl.edu&d=DwIGaQ&c=j5oPpO0eBH1iio48DtsedeElZfc04rx3ExJHeIIZuCs&r=hUBj2D5n6oKThx2L01qn8IORZb5f-ruLVXPmQ1zQNnM&m=MlK8WMG06xfxzAmZVROsxqzZnioy-Jx4N6o1Ee17q2M&s=FPJ3-smFjgsdZorvJ7H4ndYdr1s4SdkmLGxupEIGNyI&e= <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.mbl.edu_&d=DwIGaQ&c=j5oPpO0eBH1iio48DtsedeElZfc04rx3ExJHeIIZuCs&r=hUBj2D5n6oKThx2L01qn8IORZb5f-ruLVXPmQ1zQNnM&m=MlK8WMG06xfxzAmZVROsxqzZnioy-Jx4N6o1Ee17q2M&s=ojtYdwBF_VuA8dI044tvhC0egxY4Ur3CUAxzhf9X98s&e= >________________________________From: Louis Kerr <[hidden email]>Sent: Wednesday, March 11, 2020 2:19 PMTo: Glen MacDonald <[hidden email]>; [hidden email] <[hidden email]>Subject: Re: COVID19: Instrument cleaning protocolsI agree that >60% Ethanol degrades the finish and plastics/rubber over time.  We have routinely used Ecolabs Peroxide Multi Surface Cleaner and Disinfectant.  It contains 8% Hydrogen Peroxide.Very useful discussion as I am currently writing up internal recommendations as well.LouieLouie Kerr | Director, Imaging Services; Staff ScientistMarine Biological Laboratory, 7 MBL Street, Woods Hole, MA  02543508-289-7273 | [hidden email]<mailto:[hidden email]> | https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.mbl.edu&d=DwIGaQ&c=j5oPpO0eBH1iio48DtsedeElZfc04rx3ExJHeIIZuCs&r=hUBj2D5n6oKThx2L01qn8IORZb5f-ruLVXPmQ1zQNnM&m=MlK8WMG06xfxzAmZVROsxqzZnioy-Jx4N6o1Ee17q2M&s=FPJ3-smFjgsdZorvJ7H4ndYdr1s4SdkmLGxupEIGNyI&e= <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.mbl.edu_&d=DwIGaQ&c=j5oPpO0eBH1iio48DtsedeElZfc04rx3ExJHeIIZuCs&r=hUBj2D5n6oKThx2L01qn8IORZb5f-ruLVXPmQ1zQNnM&m=MlK8WMG06xfxzAmZVROsxqzZnioy-Jx4N6o1Ee17q2M&s=ojtYdwBF_VuA8dI044tvhC0egxY4Ur3CUAxzhf9X98s&e= >________________________________From: Confocal Microscopy List <[hidden email]> on behalf of Glen MacDonald <[hidden email]>Sent: Wednesday, March 11, 2020 1:53 PMTo: [hidden email] <[hidden email]>Subject: Re: COVID19: Instrument cleaning protocols*****To join, leave or search the confocal microscopy listserv, go to:https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__lists.umn.edu_cgi-2Dbin_wa-3FA0-3DconfocalmicroscopyPost&d=DwIGaQ&c=j5oPpO0eBH1iio48DtsedeElZfc04rx3ExJHeIIZuCs&r=hUBj2D5n6oKThx2L01qn8IORZb5f-ruLVXPmQ1zQNnM&m=MlK8WMG06xfxzAmZVROsxqzZnioy-Jx4N6o1Ee17q2M&s=lLqtCdVm9sCINhkySsvM4LW8fsOl82Fa0j8RDu8tfTU&e=  images on https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.imgur.com&d=DwIGaQ&c=j5oPpO0eBH1iio48DtsedeElZfc04rx3ExJHeIIZuCs&r=hUBj2D5n6oKThx2L01qn8IORZb5f-ruLVXPmQ1zQNnM&m=MlK8WMG06xfxzAmZVROsxqzZnioy-Jx4N6o1Ee17q2M&s=jYa_lp2KyvbjFXUs4LHG4Ai53otwmDG3p01p0lIsFvU&e=  and include the link in your posting.*****Has anyone tried other disinfectants such as 3% peroxide?  70% EtOH tends to remove some paints, decals and rubber/plastic finishes.Great discussion,Glen> On Mar 11, 2020, at 10:00 AM, Cesare|ALEMBIC <[hidden email]> wrote:>> *****> To join, leave or search the confocal microscopy listserv, go to:> https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__lists.umn.edu_cgi-2Dbin_wa-3FA0-3Dconfocalmicroscopy&d=DwIGaQ&c=j5oPpO0eBH1iio48DtsedeElZfc04rx3ExJHeIIZuCs&r=hUBj2D5n6oKThx2L01qn8IORZb5f-ruLVXPmQ1zQNnM&m=MlK8WMG06xfxzAmZVROsxqzZnioy-Jx4N6o1Ee17q2M&s=QXvW_DdKX3U_SetwYRZeK3plPj6S8qo29KTtEAf-530&e= > Post images on https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.imgur.com&d=DwIGaQ&c=j5oPpO0eBH1iio48DtsedeElZfc04rx3ExJHeIIZuCs&r=hUBj2D5n6oKThx2L01qn8IORZb5f-ruLVXPmQ1zQNnM&m=MlK8WMG06xfxzAmZVROsxqzZnioy-Jx4N6o1Ee17q2M&s=jYa_lp2KyvbjFXUs4LHG4Ai53otwmDG3p01p0lIsFvU&e=  and include the link in your posting.> *****>> Yes Martin,>> we use 70% Ethanol for eye-pieces like for each workspace (computer+microscope+devices,etc.)>> They recommended to us considering its volatility and fire point having to use (relatively) "a lot" in a (relatively) small room.>> Best,>> Cesare>>> Il 11/03/2020 17:40, Martin Wessendorf ha scritto:>> *****>> To join, leave or search the confocal microscopy listserv, go to:>> https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__lists.umn.edu_cgi-2Dbin_wa-3FA0-3Dconfocalmicroscopy&d=DwIGaQ&c=j5oPpO0eBH1iio48DtsedeElZfc04rx3ExJHeIIZuCs&r=hUBj2D5n6oKThx2L01qn8IORZb5f-ruLVXPmQ1zQNnM&m=MlK8WMG06xfxzAmZVROsxqzZnioy-Jx4N6o1Ee17q2M&s=QXvW_DdKX3U_SetwYRZeK3plPj6S8qo29KTtEAf-530&e= >> Post images on https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.imgur.com&d=DwIGaQ&c=j5oPpO0eBH1iio48DtsedeElZfc04rx3ExJHeIIZuCs&r=hUBj2D5n6oKThx2L01qn8IORZb5f-ruLVXPmQ1zQNnM&m=MlK8WMG06xfxzAmZVROsxqzZnioy-Jx4N6o1Ee17q2M&s=jYa_lp2KyvbjFXUs4LHG4Ai53otwmDG3p01p0lIsFvU&e=  and include the link in your posting.>> *****>>>> Dario/Cesare-->>>> THANK YOU BOTH very much for emphasizing the importance of decontaminating>> the eye-pieces.  It's obvious in retrospect but I was focussed on the>> computer keyboard, mouse, etc.  --Are you using 80% ethanol on the>> eye-pieces?>>>> Best wishes to you and all our other colleagues.  Good luck.  Please keep>> us posted on developments or recommendations.>>>> And thank you to all those working to control this beast.>>>> Martin Wessendorf>>>> On Wed, Mar 11, 2020 at 8:47 AM Cesare|ALEMBIC <[hidden email]> wrote:>>>>> *****>>> To join, leave or search the confocal microscopy listserv, go to:>>> https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__lists.umn.edu_cgi-2Dbin_wa-3FA0-3Dconfocalmicroscopy&d=DwIGaQ&c=j5oPpO0eBH1iio48DtsedeElZfc04rx3ExJHeIIZuCs&r=hUBj2D5n6oKThx2L01qn8IORZb5f-ruLVXPmQ1zQNnM&m=MlK8WMG06xfxzAmZVROsxqzZnioy-Jx4N6o1Ee17q2M&s=QXvW_DdKX3U_SetwYRZeK3plPj6S8qo29KTtEAf-530&e= >>> Post images on https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.imgur.com&d=DwIGaQ&c=j5oPpO0eBH1iio48DtsedeElZfc04rx3ExJHeIIZuCs&r=hUBj2D5n6oKThx2L01qn8IORZb5f-ruLVXPmQ1zQNnM&m=MlK8WMG06xfxzAmZVROsxqzZnioy-Jx4N6o1Ee17q2M&s=jYa_lp2KyvbjFXUs4LHG4Ai53otwmDG3p01p0lIsFvU&e=  and include the link in your posting.>>> *****>>>>>> Dear Javier,>>>>>> here in Milano, as already mentioned by Mario and Dario, we are still>>> available (althouhg at lower level as well) but we implemented, according>>> to Institute Direction, different measures to reduce as much as possibile>>> the access to the Facility and we recommended to our Users to perform only>>> urgent and undelayable experiments.>>>>>> Facility Staff:>>> we reduced staff members daily present to the minimum is possible>>> Facility entrance:>>> - Instruments will be available only from 08:00 to 18:00 from Monday to>>> Friday (instead 24/24h, 7/7d) and instrument usage is not allowed on>>> holidays and outside of this time schedule.>>> - A disposable glove dispenser has been set up outside the entrance door>>> of the facility. All Users must wear them before entering the Facility and>>> leave them in a dedicated container as they finish their activities.>>>  - the entrance to the Facility will be regulated in order to avoid any>>> form of crowding that sees multiple subjects in the same room at a distance>>> of less than 1.8 meters.>>> - Instruments use, including microscopes mouse and keyboards, must be done>>> by wearing gloves and, as much as possible, with the own protective glasses>>> (please, remember that Covid-19 seems particularly transmitted by aerosol>>> contact with conjunctive).>>> - At the end of each session, each User must notify it to the Facility>>> Staff who will disinfect the exposed parts with Ethanol 70% (microscope,>>> mouse, keyboards, touchscreens etc. all parts that could be usually touched>>> by hands or eyes, using a disposable cloths.>>> - we require only one person per Instrument and, for the same reason,>>> trainings and assisted uses are temporarily suspended.>>>>>>>>> Instruments maintenance :>>> no different procedures respect usual maintenance cleaning>>>>>> I hope this can be useful and a special hello to my "Milanesi" collegues!>>>>>> Cesare>>>>>>>>> Dr. Cesare Covino, M.Sc.>>> Facility Manager>>> ALEMBIC>>> Advanced Light and Electron Microscopy BioImaging Center>>> San Raffaele Scientific Institute>>> DIBIT 1  S2B4a>>> via Olgettina 58, 20132 - Milano - Italy>>> Tel +39-022643-4636(others -4640, -4641)>>> Fax +39-022643-4646>>> e-mail: [hidden email]<mailto:[hidden email]>>>> ALEMBIC webpage: https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__alembic.hsr.it&d=DwIGaQ&c=j5oPpO0eBH1iio48DtsedeElZfc04rx3ExJHeIIZuCs&r=hUBj2D5n6oKThx2L01qn8IORZb5f-ruLVXPmQ1zQNnM&m=MlK8WMG06xfxzAmZVROsxqzZnioy-Jx4N6o1Ee17q2M&s=m5wSxuxSuHqOy3Vl8RsEh05s0YxuC2hgPgLDCQqowZg&e= >>>>>>>>> Il 11/03/2020 10:39, F Javier Diez Guerra ha scritto:>>> *****>>> To join, leave or search the confocal microscopy listserv, go to:>>> https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__lists.umn.edu_cgi-2Dbin_wa-3FA0-3Dconfocalmicroscopy&d=DwIGaQ&c=j5oPpO0eBH1iio48DtsedeElZfc04rx3ExJHeIIZuCs&r=hUBj2D5n6oKThx2L01qn8IORZb5f-ruLVXPmQ1zQNnM&m=MlK8WMG06xfxzAmZVROsxqzZnioy-Jx4N6o1Ee17q2M&s=QXvW_DdKX3U_SetwYRZeK3plPj6S8qo29KTtEAf-530&e= >>> Post images on https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.imgur.com&d=DwIGaQ&c=j5oPpO0eBH1iio48DtsedeElZfc04rx3ExJHeIIZuCs&r=hUBj2D5n6oKThx2L01qn8IORZb5f-ruLVXPmQ1zQNnM&m=MlK8WMG06xfxzAmZVROsxqzZnioy-Jx4N6o1Ee17q2M&s=jYa_lp2KyvbjFXUs4LHG4Ai53otwmDG3p01p0lIsFvU&e=  and include the link in your posting.>>> *****>>>>>> Dear listers,>>>>>> In Madrid, teaching and many other collective activities have been>>> suspended for 15 days because of COVID19. On the other hand, research>>> institutes continue with their normal activity although at a lower level.>>>>>> In order to reduce as much as possible the spread of the virus, our>>> advanced bioimaging facility is considering to implement additional>>> measures or protocols (beyond common sense).>>>>>> We would be very grateful if you could share your advice, suggestions and>>> protocols especially regarding the cleaning procedures of the instruments>>> (binocular, focus knobs, switches, stage joysticks, etc) and other measures>>> that affect to the users (wear gloves, etc). We are interested to know>>> about easy and effective cleaning procedures that would not be harmful for>>> the optics, electronics, etc.>>>>>> Thanks for your input>>>>>> Best regards>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Rispetta l’ambiente: non stampare questa mail se non è necessario.>>> Respect the environment: print this email only if necessary.>>>>> .
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THANK YOU FOR SHARING, Michael--"common sense", indeed.

Hope things are stable and safe for you and yours.

Martin

On Sat, Mar 14, 2020 at 2:27 PM Cammer, Michael <
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> I have read many, but not all of, the messages in this thread, so
> apologies if some redundancy.
>
> The following response is a few tips for microscope decontamination for
> BSL-2 (and in some cases BSL-3), not specifically for the corona virus, but
> I believe these points apply and some of them are for equipment protection
> while also fulfilling the goal of microorganism or virus decontamination.
> They could be extended to decontamination of scopes and ancillary equipment
> as per users who may be carrying contagious illnesses.  I am writing from
> the point of view of a core facility with scopes used by many people and in
> scattered locations with minimal or no supervision.  These are more
> practical tips we have learned (the hard way) for operating as part of more
> thorough protocols.
>
> Paper goods:  We do not allow commercial tissues in the lab.  We have had
> people with colds come to use the microscopes and bring their own box of
> tissues with them to wipe their noses while using our equipment.  (Yes,
> this is true.)  They will use these tissues on the equipment if they are
> within reach.  Tissues are likely to scratch optics and leave dust
> everywhere.  Paper goods need to be limited to lens tissue and wood fiber
> only Kimwipes.
>
> 70% EtOH and 10% bleach must be kept in bottles that look completely
> different.  People will get them confused otherwise and bleach sprayed on
> optics is not good.  A bottle with a white top and a bottle with a red top
> with Sharpie marker writing on the side are not different enough.  We solve
> this problem by supplying the 70% EtOH in clear hand labeled bottles and
> the bleach in prepackaged Clorox bottles.  (The clear bottles are marked
> with Sharpie and then clear packing tape over the writing to prevent the
> ink from being washed off because, like immersion oil somehow getting
> applied to every surface, EtOH will run down the side of the bottle.  The
> Clorox bottles are also labeled in BIG letters, Microscopy, to reduce
> "borrowing" of them; when you need the bleach, you need it next to the
> scope, not in somebody else's lab.)
>
> Using prepackaged bleach has another benefit.  It is buffered so it
> remains active longer.  The downside of this is that it may leave a fine
> power residue.  However, this is preferential to having people mistaking
> bottles and spraying bleach on optics.  The surfaces may be wiped down a
> second time with EtOH, water, or lens cleaner to remove the powder.
>
> 70% EtOH may damage plastics (other people have mentioned this).  Beware
> overuse on Plexiglas boxes, plastic knobs, and painted surfaces.  We have
> had environmental chambers on scopes develop networks of microcracks due to
> too much EtOH. If you want to decontaminate these surfaces, we recommend
> 10% bleach.
>
> Other people have mentioned methanol and its toxicity.  It is not used as
> an antiseptic.  Staff use this very sparingly for cleaning optics.  There
> is no methanol available where general users may access it.
>
> People need to be told repeatedly not to spray directly onto the
> microscope.  Demonstration training is necessary for people to see how to
> saturate a Kimwipe and how to wipe once and dispose.  Perhaps the single
> most misunderstood aspect of cleaning is that the first wipe removes and
> the second wipe or circular motion smears it around.  I try to explain this
> with analogies such as proper wiping when changing an infant's diaper, the
> pink stuff in The Cat In The Hat Comes Back, or fine art painting
> wet-in-wet, but these references are often not shared by our clients.
> (This is similar to the training how to clean oil off immersion lenses.)
>
> Use of gloves is another big problem, but here are some highlights.
> Environmental Health and Safety has clear rules that the microscopes may
> not be used with gloves on.  One argument is that prohibiting gloves makes
> people more cognizant of safe handling.  Regardless, this blanket
> prohibition removes our having to argue with people over glove use.  The
> main point is that if the samples are too dangerous to use with gloves off,
> then they can't be used on the microscope.  However, cleaning up spills and
> handling cleaning solvents may require use of gloves.  The final cleaning
> should be such that it is safe for anyone to touch without gloves.  People
> really do need to be reminded that other people will be using the resources
> after them and there is a responsibility to make it safe for the next
> users.  We supply gloves in the room.  We keep the rooms stocked with
> gloves from small to X-large.  People will reuse the same gloves if you
> don't give them a surplus of gloves.  People need to be explicitly taught
> to peel off gloves inside-out and toss in trash or they will neatly pull
> off each finger and lay the contaminated glove on a table for reuse.
>
> Any instrument should be clean for immediate subsequent use by someone
> else.
> However, time is also decontamination for many pathogens.
>
> Whereas these points are part of routine BSL-2 protocols, they could be
> extended to protocol(s) for wiping down exterior of equipment, ancillary
> equipment including keyboards, mice, mouse pads, furniture such as tables,
> chairs, doorknobs, the spot on the door everyone pushes on (look at an
> angle to find the worn or dirty spot), etc.
>
> If you or specific staff are going to do the decontamination, then most of
> the points above are unnecessary.  If unsupervised users will be directed
> to clean up after each use, I recommend heeding the above.  All training
> would need to be demonstration.   Ultimately, if you want decontamination
> done strictly your way, you need to do it yourself.
>
> (BTW, this email was written in New Rochelle, NY, two miles from where
> Thomas Paine wrote Common Sense.)
>
> Cheers-
>
>
>
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> >________________________________From: Louis Kerr <[hidden email]>Sent:
> Wednesday, March 11, 2020 2:19 PMTo: Glen MacDonald <[hidden email]>;
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> Re: COVID19: Instrument cleaning protocolsI agree that >60% Ethanol
> degrades the finish and plastics/rubber over time.  We have routinely used
> Ecolabs Peroxide Multi Surface Cleaner and Disinfectant.  It contains 8%
> Hydrogen Peroxide.Very useful discussion as I am currently writing up
> internal recommendations as well.LouieLouie Kerr | Director, Imaging
> Services; Staff ScientistMarine Biological Laboratory, 7 MBL Street, Woods
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> disinfectants such as 3% peroxide?  70% EtOH tends to remove some paints,
> decals and rubber/plastic finishes.Great discussion,Glen> On Mar 11, 2020,
> at 10:00 AM, Cesare|ALEMBIC <[hidden email]> wrote:>> *****> To
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> and include the link in your posting.> *****>> Yes Martin,>> we use 70%
> Ethanol for eye-pieces like for each workspace
> (computer+microscope+devices,etc.)>> They recommended to us considering its
> volatility and fire point having to use (relatively) "a lot" in a
> (relatively) small room.>> Best,>> Cesare>>> Il 11/03/2020 17:40, Martin
> Wessendorf ha scritto:>> *****>> To join, leave or search the confocal
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> and include the link in your posting.>> *****>>>> Dario/Cesare-->>>> THANK
> YOU BOTH very much for emphasizing the importance of decontaminating>> the
> eye-pieces.  It's obvious in retrospect but I was focussed on the>>
> computer keyboard, mouse, etc.  --Are you using 80% ethanol on the>>
> eye-pieces?>>>> Best wishes to you and all our other colleagues.  Good
> luck.  Please keep>> us posted on developments or recommendations.>>>> And
> thank you to all those working to control this beast.>>>> Martin
> Wessendorf>>>> On Wed, Mar 11, 2020 at 8:47 AM Cesare|ALEMBIC <
> [hidden email]> wrote:>>>>> *****>>> To join, leave or search the
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> and include the link in your posting.>>> *****>>>>>> Dear Javier,>>>>>>
> here in Milano, as already mentioned by Mario and Dario, we are still>>>
> available (althouhg at lower level as well) but we implemented,
> according>>> to Institute Direction, different measures to reduce as much
> as possibile>>> the access to the Facility and we recommended to our Users
> to perform only>>> urgent and undelayable experiments.>>>>>> Facility
> Staff:>>> we reduced staff members daily present to the minimum is
> possible>>> Facility entrance:>>> - Instruments will be available only from
> 08:00 to 18:00 from Monday to>>> Friday (instead 24/24h, 7/7d) and
> instrument usage is not allowed on>>> holidays and outside of this time
> schedule.>>> - A disposable glove dispenser has been set up outside the
> entrance door>>> of the facility. All Users must wear them before entering
> the Facility and>>> leave them in a dedicated container as they finish
> their activities.>>>  - the entrance to the Facility will be regulated in
> order to avoid any>>> form of crowding that sees multiple subjects in the
> same room at a distance>>> of less than 1.8 meters.>>> - Instruments use,
> including microscopes mouse and keyboards, must be done>>> by wearing
> gloves and, as much as possible, with the own protective glasses>>>
> (please, remember that Covid-19 seems particularly transmitted by
> aerosol>>> contact with conjunctive).>>> - At the end of each session, each
> User must notify it to the Facility>>> Staff who will disinfect the exposed
> parts with Ethanol 70% (microscope,>>> mouse, keyboards, touchscreens etc.
> all parts that could be usually touched>>> by hands or eyes, using a
> disposable cloths.>>> - we require only one person per Instrument and, for
> the same reason,>>> trainings and assisted uses are temporarily
> suspended.>>>>>>>>> Instruments maintenance :>>> no different procedures
> respect usual maintenance cleaning>>>>>> I hope this can be useful and a
> special hello to my "Milanesi" collegues!>>>>>> Cesare>>>>>>>>> Dr. Cesare
> Covino, M.Sc.>>> Facility Manager>>> ALEMBIC>>> Advanced Light and Electron
> Microscopy BioImaging Center>>> San Raffaele Scientific Institute>>> DIBIT
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> [hidden email]<mailto:[hidden email]>>>> ALEMBIC webpage:
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> >>>>>>>>> Il 11/03/2020 10:39, F Javier Diez Guerra ha scritto:>>> *****>>>
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> and include the link in your posting.>>> *****>>>>>> Dear listers,>>>>>> In
> Madrid, teaching and many other collective activities have been>>>
> suspended for 15 days because of COVID19. On the other hand, research>>>
> institutes continue with their normal activity although at a lower
> level.>>>>>> In order to reduce as much as possible the spread of the
> virus, our>>> advanced bioimaging facility is considering to implement
> additional>>> measures or protocols (beyond common sense).>>>>>> We would
> be very grateful if you could share your advice, suggestions and>>>
> protocols especially regarding the cleaning procedures of the
> instruments>>> (binocular, focus knobs, switches, stage joysticks, etc) and
> other measures>>> that affect to the users (wear gloves, etc). We are
> interested to know>>> about easy and effective cleaning procedures that
> would not be harmful for>>> the optics, electronics, etc.>>>>>> Thanks for
> your input>>>>>> Best regards>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Rispetta l’ambiente: non
> stampare questa mail se non è necessario.>>> Respect the environment: print
> this email only if necessary.>>>>> .
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