How has COVID-19 Complicated Data Collection? Data collection has gotten much more complicated because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Keeping subject and researcher safe means following guidelines introduced by research institutions regarding the interaction between subjects and researchers. In addition, the use of instrumentation and proper cleaning add time and uncertainty to the process. Because we support the integration of many hardware systems used to collect data, we did a survey of our suppliers to better understand their cleaning guidelines. Basics of Cleaning There have been many suggestions for destroying SARS-CoV-2, or novel coronavirus, on surfaces. They range from exposing surfaces to ultra violet light, application of high heat, to simply leaving surfaces untouched for extended periods of time. More common methods include use of warm water and soap which has been shown to break down the fatty surface of the virus. It is the basis for recommendations on hand washing.