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  • Test plan (5)
  • Managing uncertainty during COVID-19

    A year after COVID-19 upended our lives, we are still contending with many uncertainties. Pandemics make for a complex problem in a complex system. Organizations have had to make decisions quickly bas...

  • Tests 7 and 8 underway

    As part of the REALM project’s research, Battelle has begun a natural attenuation study to examine how colder and warmer temperatures may impact survivability of the infectious COVID-19 virus on surfaces. 

  • 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 plan for materials

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