Restraining SARS-CoV-2 in histopathology laboratory amid COVID-19 pandemic

  • Efosa Bolaji Odigie Histopathology Unit, Department of Medical Laboratory Science, University of Benin, Benin City; Edo State, Nigeria https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1233-0491
  • Abdulganiy Abu-Ubaid Zakariyya Histopathology Unit, Department of Medical Laboratory Science, University of Benin, Benin City; Edo State, Nigeria
  • Nosa Terry Omorodion Histopathology Unit, Department of Medical Laboratory Science, University of Benin, Benin City; Edo State, Nigeria
  • Blessing Emosho Ogeyehme Histopathology Unit, Department of Medical Laboratory Science, University of Benin, Benin City; Edo State, Nigeria
  • Theophilus Ogie Erameh Histopathology Unit, Department of Medical Laboratory Science, University of Benin, Benin City; Edo State, Nigeria
  • Fatima Bashir Shema Department of Medical Laboratory Science, Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, College of Health Sciences, Bayero University, Kano, Kano State, Nigeria
  • Dahiru Falalu Ibrahim Department of Medical Laboratory Science, Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, College of Health Sciences, Bayero University, Kano, Kano State, Nigeria
  • Oladoyin Atanda Histopathology Unit, Department of Medical Laboratory Science, University of Benin, Benin City; Edo State, Nigeria
  • Oyedele Oyewumi Ajayi Histopathology Unit, Department of Medical Laboratory Science, Igbinedion University Okada, Okada; Edo State, Nigeria
  • David Temitope Noah Department of Medical Laboratory Science, Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, College of Health Sciences, Bayero University, Kano, Kano State, Nigeria
  • Abdullahi Alhaji Mairiga Histopathology Unit, Department of Medical Laboratory Science, Federal University Lafia, Lafia; Nasarawa State, Nigeria
  • Abdulaziz Tahir Idris Department of Medical Laboratory Science, Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, College of Health Sciences, Bayero University, Kano, Kano State, Nigeria
  • Sharafudeen Dahiru Abubakar Department of Medical Laboratory Science, Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, College of Medical Sciences, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria; Kaduna State, Nigeria
  • Zakariyya Muhammad Bello Department of Medical Laboratory Science, Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, College of Medical Sciences, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria; Kaduna State, Nigeria
  • Halima Saliu Aliu Histopathology Unit, Department of Medical Laboratory Science, University of Benin, Benin City; Edo State, Nigeria
Keywords: Coronavirus disease 2019, COVID-19 pandemic, laboratory disinfection, SARS-CoV-2 infection, pathologists, laboratorians

Abstract

Medical laboratory personnel encounter diverse health and workplace-related hazards leading to severe health challenges including the ravaging SARS-CoV-2 infection, which is the causal agent of COVID-19. It was first announced in Wuhan, China in December 2019 but started to spread globally by late January 2020. COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent global spreading poses additional danger to healthcare personnel particularly the laboratorians. Other health practitioners may engage patients by observing social / physical distancing, but how laboratory staff observe or apply same rule to infectious samples remain a notable question. Activities of laboratorians result in repeated exposure at close interactions to patient’s samples including SARS-CoV-2 infected specimens, which make them susceptible to COVID-19. Therefore, it is imperative to review mitigating measures in restraining possible exposure and spreading of SARS-CoV-2 in the best interest of laboratory staff and pathologists. It is against this backdrop that this paper intends to update readers on measures to restrain SARS-CoV-2 invasion in histopathology laboratory and deduce precautionary measures for observation by healthcare providers in COVID-19 era. Also discussed, is health hazards associated with histopathology laboratory with the objective of encouraging safety consciousness and safe laboratory practices in the face of COVID-19 pandemic.

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Author Biographies

Efosa Bolaji Odigie, Histopathology Unit, Department of Medical Laboratory Science, University of Benin, Benin City; Edo State, Nigeria

Senior Lecturer, Histopathology Unit, Department of Medical Laboratory Science, University of Benin, Benin City; Edo State, Nigeria

Abdulganiy Abu-Ubaid Zakariyya, Histopathology Unit, Department of Medical Laboratory Science, University of Benin, Benin City; Edo State, Nigeria

Lecturer, Department of Medical Laboratory Science, Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, College of Health Sciences, Bayero University, Kano, Kano State, Nigeria

Nosa Terry Omorodion, Histopathology Unit, Department of Medical Laboratory Science, University of Benin, Benin City; Edo State, Nigeria

Lecturer, Histopathology Unit, Department of Medical Laboratory Science, University of Benin, Benin City; Edo State, Nigeria

Blessing Emosho Ogeyehme, Histopathology Unit, Department of Medical Laboratory Science, University of Benin, Benin City; Edo State, Nigeria

Lecturer, Histopathology Unit, Department of Medical Laboratory Science, University of Benin, Benin City; Edo State, Nigeria

Theophilus Ogie Erameh, Histopathology Unit, Department of Medical Laboratory Science, University of Benin, Benin City; Edo State, Nigeria

Lecturer, Histopathology Unit, Department of Medical Laboratory Science, Igbinedion University Okada, Okada; Edo State, Nigeria

Fatima Bashir Shema, Department of Medical Laboratory Science, Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, College of Health Sciences, Bayero University, Kano, Kano State, Nigeria

Lecturer, Department of Medical Laboratory Science, Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, College of Health Sciences, Bayero University, Kano, Kano State, Nigeria

Dahiru Falalu Ibrahim, Department of Medical Laboratory Science, Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, College of Health Sciences, Bayero University, Kano, Kano State, Nigeria

Lecturer, Department of Medical Laboratory Science, Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, College of Health Sciences, Bayero University, Kano, Kano State, Nigeria

Oladoyin Atanda, Histopathology Unit, Department of Medical Laboratory Science, University of Benin, Benin City; Edo State, Nigeria

Histopathologist, Department of Pathology, Faculty of Clinical Sciences, Bayero University, Kano State, Nigeria.

Oyedele Oyewumi Ajayi, Histopathology Unit, Department of Medical Laboratory Science, Igbinedion University Okada, Okada; Edo State, Nigeria

Histopathologist, Department of Pathology, University of Uyo, Uyo; Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria

David Temitope Noah, Department of Medical Laboratory Science, Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, College of Health Sciences, Bayero University, Kano, Kano State, Nigeria

Histopathologist, Department of Medical Laboratory Science, Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, College of Health Sciences, Bayero University, Kano, Kano State, Nigeria

Abdullahi Alhaji Mairiga, Histopathology Unit, Department of Medical Laboratory Science, Federal University Lafia, Lafia; Nasarawa State, Nigeria

Lecturer, Department of Histopathology, Faculty of Basic Clinical Sciences, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria; kaduna State, Nigeria.

Abdulaziz Tahir Idris, Department of Medical Laboratory Science, Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, College of Health Sciences, Bayero University, Kano, Kano State, Nigeria

Lecturer, Department of Medical Laboratory Science, Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, College of Health Sciences, Bayero University, Kano, Kano State, Nigeria

Sharafudeen Dahiru Abubakar, Department of Medical Laboratory Science, Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, College of Medical Sciences, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria; Kaduna State, Nigeria

Lecturer, Department of Medical Laboratory Science, Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, College of Medical Sciences, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria

Zakariyya Muhammad Bello, Department of Medical Laboratory Science, Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, College of Medical Sciences, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria; Kaduna State, Nigeria

Lecturer, Department of Medical Laboratory Science, Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, College of Medical Sciences, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

Halima Saliu Aliu, Histopathology Unit, Department of Medical Laboratory Science, University of Benin, Benin City; Edo State, Nigeria

Histologist Medical Lab. Scientist, Histopathology Unit, Department of Medical Laboratory Science, University of Benin, Benin City; Edo State, Nigeria

Published
2022-01-31
How to Cite
1.
Odigie EB, ZakariyyaAA-U, Omorodion NT, Ogeyehme BE, Erameh TO, Shema FB, Ibrahim DF, Atanda O, Ajayi OO, Noah DT, Mairiga AA, Idris AT, Abubakar SD, Bello ZM, Aliu HS (2022) Restraining SARS-CoV-2 in histopathology laboratory amid COVID-19 pandemic. J Infect Dev Ctries 16:49-56. doi: 10.3855/jidc.13894
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Coronavirus Pandemic