Information on participant studies and hygiene measures at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development

Dear study participants,

Studies involving external participants are an important component of our research at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development. In order to ensure the safety of study participants during the COVID-19 pandemic, comprehensive infection protection measures have been developed and implemented in accordance with guidelines provided by the Robert Koch Institute and other scientific evidence. These include reducing the number of testing personnel, wearing masks, and cleaning, disinfecting and ventilating the laboratories used for testing. These measures have been checked and approved by our institute doctor.

Brief overview of basic hygiene measures

Masks for mouth and nose: Study participants and institute staff wear an FFP2 mask for mouth and nose throughout the test. All study participants will receive an FFP2 mask from us upon arrival at the institute. 

Contact on site: We will make every effort to ensure that the entire test is contact-free. All surfaces are disinfected by us before your arrival and all rooms are ventilated according to our ventilation protocol.

Before the test and before entering the laboratory you will be asked to wash or disinfect your hands carefully. After testing, all equipment and surfaces will be disinfected again and rooms will be adequately ventilated.

Acute symptoms of illness: If you are currently suffering from cold-like symptoms such as fever, cough or sore throat, or if you suffer from shortness of breath, diarrhea or loss of sense of smell or taste, you cannot take part in our studies. For an accurate list of all relevant symptoms, we will send you a list of symptoms before you are coming to us. We ask that you to check these symptoms again before you make your way to our institute. If you have any of the symptoms, please contact us by phone or email to cancel the appointment. You do not need to give the reason for the cancellation. Please also do not come if you have symptoms, even if you have tested negative with a rapid test.

Your participation in any study is only permitted if you observe the precautions described above. By agreeing to participate in a study, you agree to comply with these precautions.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with the contact person for the respective study.   

Stay healthy!

Best wishes from the Max Planck Institute for Human Development study team

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