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  • Test plan (5)
  • Test 6 underway and toolkit materials available

    Five materials that are commonly found in furnishings and exhibits of archives, libraries, and museums were selected for the sixth REALM lab test. Battelle researchers will apply the COVID-19 virus to each item and measure how much remains after 2, 4...

  • Test 5 is underway

    For Test 5, four fabrics and leather bookbinding were selected for Battelle lab testing to examine the length of time the COVID-19 virus may live on materials commonly used in archives, libraries, and museums.

  • Test set 3 announced

    Battelle begins testing a third round of materials on July 10, 2020. For test set 3, five plastic-based items were selected for Battelle lab testing to examine the length of time the COVID-19 virus may live on materials commonly used in archives, lib...

  • Test set 2 announced, compilation of reopening references released

    Battelle began testing a second round of materials on June 23, 2020. The materials were provided to Battelle by Columbus Metropolitan Library, the National Archives and Records Administration, and the National Library Service for the Blind and Print ...

  • Test plan for materials

    The REALM Project has released the document, "Test Plan for the Natural Attenuation of SARS-CoV-2 as a Decontamination Approach."