REALM Project Updates: Round 1 Results Available and Test Set 2 Announced
OCLC, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and Battelle are conducting research on how long the COVID-19 virus survives on materials that are commonly found in libraries, archives, and museums.
As part of the REALM Project’s Phase 1 research, Battelle conducted a natural attenuation study to provide information on how long some commonly circulated library materials would need to be quarantined prior to being returned to public circulation.
The testing process included applying the virulent SARS-CoV-2 virus (the virus that causes COVID-19) on five selected materials, and results show that the virus was not detectable on these materials after three days of quarantine. Battelle began testing a second round of materials on June 23, 2020, and the results are expected to be released in late July 2020.
For more information on the results of the testing and other activities, visit the Happening Now project update page.