In the last few weeks the REALM Project, a partnership between the Columbus Metropolitan Library, OCLC, and the Battelle research labs, provided two new rounds of test results regarding library material and the survivability of COVID-19. Round 3 looked at five different item types including DVDs and Talking Books cassettes. The summary finding was as follows:
Results show that after five days of quarantine in an unstacked configuration, the SARS-CoV-2 virus was not detected on the storage bag (flexible plastic) or the DVD. The storage container (rigid plastic), plexiglass, and the USB cassette all showed detectable virus at five days. Day five was the final time point tested.
Round 4 looked at materials from Round 1 but this time left them stacked to simulate items in a book return. The study indicated the following:
Results show that after six days of quarantine the SARS-CoV-2 virus was still detected on all five materials tested. When compared to Test 1, which resulted in non-detectable virus after three days on an unstacked hardcover book, softcover book, plastic protective cover, and DVD case, the results of Test 4 highlight the effect of stacking and its ability to prolong the survivability of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
Learn more about both studies and more at the REALM Project web site.