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REALM Project Round 1 Test Results Available Results show that the SARS-CoV-2 virus was not detectable on the materials after three days of quarantine. The evaluation demonstrates that standard office temperature and relative humidity conditions typically achievable by any air-conditioned office space provide an environment that allows for the natural attenuation of SARS-CoV-2 present on these common materials after three days of quarantine. Testing applied to a hardback book cover (buckram cloth), a softback book cover, paper pages inside a book, a DVD case and a plastic book covering. Materials Handling Safety
REALM Preliminary Literature Review Now Available This review focused on studies of virus attenuation on commonly found materials, such as paper, plastic, cloth, and metal; methods of virus transmission; and effectiveness of prevention and decontamination measures. The information helps to set the context for the laboratory research that is being conducted during the REALM Project. A second, more systematic literature review is also in progress and will be released later in June. Materials Handling Safety
Test Plan for the Natural Attenuation of the SARS-CoV-2 as a Decontamination Approach The REALM Project has released the document, “Test Plan for the Natural Attenuation of SARS-CoV-2 as a Decontamination Approach.” This is a technical document that explains the process and details about conditions for testing materials provided by archives, libraries, and museums. A preliminary literature review—prepared by Battelle—is now available. This review informed the context for the laboratory research that is currently underway. Materials Handling Safety
[California] COVID-19 Industry Guidance: Retail (includes library curbside pickup) Guidance from the State of California for Retail that includes an addendum for libraries doing curbside delivery. Hooray, someone actually talked about the unique needs of libraries finally - well as it pertains to curbside pick-up anyway. Still no official guidance on handling returns. They did suggest one new thing - directional signs in the stacks so people (staff?) all move in the same direction. Materials Handling Safety
CDC Activities and Initiatives Supporting COVID-19 Response and the President's Plan for Opening America Up Again As the Washington Post describes it: A 60-page document of reopening guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was posted on the agency website over the weekend without fanfare. The guidance on reopening schools, childcare facilities, restaurants and mass transit was released after weeks of delay and an internal debate over whether the details were too strict, Laura Meckler and Rachel Weiner report. The White House had initially shelved the guidelines, saying they were “overly specific.” QL editors note: Again, no mention of libraries in the entire 60 pages..... Materials Handling Safety
COVID-19 and the Global Library Field (IFLA) Key Resources for Libraries in responding to the Coronavirus Pandemic. The information and resources below are provided on a non-exhaustive basis but will be updated regularly. Materials Handling Safety
CDC Interim Guidance for General Population Disaster Shelters During the COVID-19 Pandemic (May 14, 2020) Latest CDC Guidance as of May 14, 2020. Although the title says it is for shelters, in the body it says "For the purposes of this document, “shelters” include small-, medium- and large-scale, organized, and temporary accommodations for persons displaced by disasters. Facilities may be residential (e.g., dormitories, campsites) or non-residential (e.g., sports stadiums, schools, churches), with varying degrees of sanitary infrastructure." No mention of libraries STILL. Materials Handling Safety
Reopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums (REALM) Information Hub: A COVID-19 Research Project (REALM) The portal with the latest information on the joint project of OCLC, IMLS and Battelle to provide guidelines for safely reopening libraries. Materials Handling Safety, Library Management
The Risks and How to Avoid Them This is a blog post by Professor Erin Bromage at U-Mass, Dartmouth. He was teaching a class on Ecology of Infectious Diseases to undergraduate students and was studying the coronavirus outbreak for a class. He's been continuing to follow it. The blog post is very user friendly. Good useful advice. Also important for library staff to read - especially if you are thinking you might be sharing work spaces anytime soon. Materials Handling Safety
Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, and Homes Latest from CDC (as of April 30 anyway) but if you are hoping for guidance for libraries....still no luck. Materials Handling Safety

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