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Mitigating Covid-19 When Managing Paper-based, Circulating, and Other Types Of Collections


SPEAKERS: Dr. David Berendes is an epidemiologist in the Waterborne Disease Prevention Branch at the Center for Disease Control, focusing on global sanitation and hygiene issues, and Dr. Catherine Rasberry is a Health Scientist in Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Adolescent and School Health.

SUMMARY: They spent a lot of time covering the basics you've probably read everywhere including washing your hands in soapy water for 20 seconds, covering your cough, don't come to work sick, keep all people 6 feet apart. They talk about the components of an Emergency Operations Plan including having a way to communicate with people, making sure they don't come to work sick and having a way to telecommute. They finally (at 23 minutes) they start talking about the workplace and suggest that if someone at the library develops symptoms to close off their work area for 24 hours and then clean the non-porous surfaces in that area with alcohol (70%) or bleach. Not too worried about fabric but if you can wash contaminated fabric, do so. Advise janitorial staff don't need to do anything special in terms of PPE, just what they'd normally wear when using cleaning products. At 26 minutes they talk about paper-based products and say, like mail, this is not a high concern but do say hard plastic is more problematic so those should be wiped down with alcohol (60%-70%). At 30 minutes Q&A begins and first question is about survival on paper-based products. They explain that for the paper-based products to be problematic, someone would have had to have just coughed on the item before returning. Suggest staff doing check-in could wear gloves, wash hands after handling returns or quarantine material for 24 hours to be extra safe. They are more worried about DVD cases and suggest cleaning those with alcohol (unless you are quarantining for 24 hours which should be sufficient). For all questions about disinfectants, they refer you to this page:

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NPR Article on Cleaning Surfaces and Coronavirus Survival Times Article about cleaning surfaces from March 14, 2020. Materials Handling Safety
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