Microbiology during COVID-19

Microbiology during COVID-19: Are there any additional precautions that should be taken? Science ASSIST has received a few questions on this topic, so we are combining them into one Q&A:

Q1 Should we be getting our students to wear surgical masks, protective eyewear and gloves when using microscopes to view microbes? The microbes relate to the year 12 NESA syllabus for testing microbes in food and water. 

GUIDELINES for best practice for microbiology in Australian schools

Safety issues are a significant consideration in the teaching of microbiology as the subject is practical-based and there is potential for exposure to infectious organisms. It is the strict observance of correct procedures, which enables staff and students to work safely.

These guidelines outline the underpinning knowledge and laboratory techniques required for schools to successfully prepare, deliver and disassemble microbiology practical activities.

looking at decomposers -Micro biology experiment

looking at decomposers -Micro biology experiment: This micro biology experiment looks at fungi and bacteria on grass.  With  the Biological controls ACT and the concerns of late about cultivation unknowns bacteria on agar plates from swabbing surface in a PC1 LAB  in a school environment I wondering if this decomposers experiment should be conducted? 

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