Tuesday, July 21, 2020

REALM Project Test 2 Results for COVID Virus Survival on 5 Library Materials

This is a follow-up to the June 24, 2020 post entitled REALM Project: COVID Virus Undetectable on Five Highly Circulated Library Materials After Three Days.

Research conducted as part of the  REopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums (REALM) Project has been testing how long the virus SARS-CoV-2 that causes COVID-19 remains detectable on various library surfaces and materials.

In a second phase of testing, the Project looked at:
  • Braille paper pages
  • Glossy paper pages from a coffee table book
  • Magazine pages
  • Children's board book
  • Archival folders
According to the research:
"The evaluation demonstrates that standard office temperature (68°F to 75°F) and relative humidity conditions (30 to 50 percent) provide an environment that allows for the natural attenuation of SARS-CoV-2 present on these materials after two days of quarantine for archival folders and four days of quarantine for the book pages. Compared to the results of Test 1, the results of Test 2 indicate that a slightly longer quarantine time for some types of cellulose-based paper materials sitting in a stacked configuration may be required to render SARS-CoV-2 undetectable."
REALM is a collaboration between OCLC, an international library services cooperative, the US government agency Institute of Museum and Library Services, and Battelle, an R&D organization.

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posted by Michel-Adrien at 5:15 pm


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