REALM Project Releases Results on DVDs, Plastics, and Plexiglass

The third round of REALM Project found detectable virus after five days on some of the materials.

The Reopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums (REALM) Project released results from its third round of testing. The REALM project, supported by IMLS funding, is a multi-phase research project designed to give librarians information to create an evidence-based protocol for safety when reopening during the continued threat of the novel coronavirus.
The following five items were studied in Test 3: DVDs/CDs (cases were studied during Test 1), a flexible plastic storage bag, a rigid plastic storage container, Plexiglass, and a book/USB cassette used in talking book readers available through the National Library Services for the Blind and Disabled, according to the study. 
[Read: Novel Coronavirus Detectable on Board Books for Three Days | REALM Project Results]
There is good news and bad news in the results. After five days, the final time tested, there was no novel coronavirus detected on the storage bag or the DVD/CD, but the storage container, Plexiglass, and USB cassette all had detectable virus.
Previously, the recommendation was to leave the materials tested in quarantine for the needed number of days that would allow the virus to attenuate naturally. In this case, that number is unknown for multiple materials. On the positive side, though, the nonporous nature of these materials allow for disinfection by liquids that may "promote a more rapid decontamination than the quarantine method," according to the study.

[READ: REALM Project Releases First Results: Virus Undetectable After Three Days on Five Common Library Materials]


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