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COVID-19 NEWS: 'Research Shows Virus Undetectable on Five Highly Circulated Library Materials After Three Days'
IMLS (Institute of Museum and Library Services) published findings from the Reopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums (REALM) Project, which is “designed to generate scientific information to support the handling of core museum, library, and archival materials as these institutions begin to resume operations and reopen to the public.” As part of the first phase of the project, “scientists have found that the virus SARS-CoV-2 that causes COVID-19 is not detectable on five common library materials after three days.” The virus was tested “on a variety of surfaces, in environments with standard temperature and relative humidity conditions typically found in air-conditioned office space. Materials tested in phase one included the cover of hardcover books (buckram cloth), the cover of softback books, plain paper pages inside a closed book, mylar protective book cover jackets, and plastic DVD cases.”
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