Tuesday, June 23, 2020

REALM study reveals initial findings of Coronavirus on library materials

The Institute of Museum and Library Services has released findings from the first phase of a project to develop and disseminate science-based information about how materials can be handled to mitigate exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19. 

Scientists have found that the SARS-CoV-2 virus is not detectable on five common library materials after three days: hardcover book covers (buckram cloth), the cover of softcover books, plain paper pages inside a closed book, mylar protective book cover jackets, and plastic DVD cases. More results will be released in July. 

Read more in the June 22 press release or on the WebJunction “Happening Now” project update page.

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