REALM Project Findings Get Published in Microbiology Journal

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REALM Project Findings Get Published in Microbiology Journal

OCLC issued an update on the REALM (REopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums) project—conducted jointly with IMLS and research firm Battelle—stating the following:

Results of that [REALM] work have now been published in the Journal of Applied Microbiology. … As part of the REALM project, researchers at Battelle studied effects of ambient or altered environmental conditions on the inactivation of the SARS-CoV-2 virus applied to materials, including books, DVDs, file folders, glass, and plastic. The research found that the attenuation rate for materials held at colder temperatures was significantly slower compared to the attenuation rate at warmer and ambient temperatures. …While contamination through materials is not considered the primary route of exposure for SARS-CoV-2, certain populations such as persons with compromised immune systems or children may be at increased risk from this mode of transmission.

Scott Carey, COO at IMLS, says, “Within a few months after the start of the pandemic, this research began to help museums and libraries pave the way forward. … So much was unknown. As it turns out, the project tested virus load rates similar to the Delta variant before Delta even existed. As we pass the two-year mark and move into the next phases of the pandemic, I’m proud that these test results are being formally recognized within the scientific community and will contribute to a better understanding of COVID-19 and its potential impacts to the society we live in.”

For more information, read the press release.

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