ODL Press Release
Early in the pandemic, when it was discovered that the novel coronavirus could survive for days on certain surfaces, OCLC joined the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Battelle to conduct a series of tests. The goal is to provide information and guidance to staff at archives, libraries, and museums as they process and share particular materials in-house and with the public.
Test 4 Results have now been announced: 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 nondetectable 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.
Test 5 is beginning, which will study the virus's survivability on fabrics and leather-bound books.
You can access all of the test results thus far at this WebJunction REALM Project news page.