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ISB Statement Concerning the Ongoing Coronavirus Outbreak

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ISB is committed to the health and safety of our research and administrative staff. We are closely monitoring the status of the coronavirus outbreak, and taking steps to ensure our workplace is safe.

We encourage all employees to be mindful of themselves and others, and to follow the following protocol:

  1. If you develop symptoms of a cold or flu — even mild symptoms — please stay at home and don’t come into the office or the lab. We don’t want you to spread the infection.
  2. If a member of your household becomes ill, see and follow the rule #1.
  3. Practice good personal hygiene. Cover your mouth with your forearm or the inside of your elbow when you cough or sneeze. If you find yourself coughing or sneezing repeatedly, see rule #1. Wash your hands thoroughly after you’ve touched shared surfaces, especially before eating. And most difficult of all, avoid touching your own face. This coronavirus can survive for hours as tiny droplets on surfaces, which we may inadvertently touch. Then, when we touch our mouth, nose, or eyes, we can infect ourselves.
  4. If you do isolate yourself, whether because of illness or concern, make sure to maintain frequent social contact with your manager, and of course your family and friends. Don’t let physical isolation and loneliness make you feel miserable. We are all stronger together, even if we might have to be physically apart.
International Travel

ISB has updated its international travel procedure and requests all employees who travel internationally follow the process below.

  1. All non-essential business travel to/from Asia, Iran, and Italy should be temporality suspended until the threat of COVID-19 has passed.
  2. All ISB travelers (business AND personal) returning from ANY international flight or cruise are asked to take their temperature within 24 hours of their return to the U.S. and before returning to work at ISB.
  3. In the event any employee’s temperature is elevated (above 100 degrees Fahrenheit), the employee should notify their Primary Care Provider (PCP) or Urgent Care Clinic of the result and follow their instructions for care. The employee should obviously notify their PCP if they have traveled to any region where the COVID-19 is a problem and ask for guidance on next steps.
  4. Once the employee has received guidance from their PCP regarding the treatment protocol they should inform Human Resources of the advice they receive regarding when it is appropriate to return to work.

For the latest information on the Corona Virus 2019, monitor this page maintained by the CDC.

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