Author Topic: Using public libraries at this time  (Read 1065 times)

Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Using public libraries at this time
« Reply #25 on: March 26, 2020, 09:29:57 am »
I think a figure has been given for how long the virus can survive on paper, but I can't remember what it was and don't know how accurate.
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Re: Using public libraries at this time
« Reply #26 on: March 26, 2020, 10:04:51 am »
I read that the virus can last from 2-9 days on different surfaces, on paper and cardboard down around 2 days and on plastic and metal up around 9 days. A plastic sleeved-book will need longer in quarantine that an ordinary paperback or hardback book, but there again, many books have a varnish or a laminate finish which will push their quarantine period up towards the 9 day mark.

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Re: Using public libraries at this time
« Reply #27 on: March 26, 2020, 10:16:54 am »
If you are not licking the pages (I imagine it takes something a bit stronger than available in local libraries to inspire that), then it's a simple case of washing your hands after reading and keeping your fingers out of your mouth and eyes. Possibly wipe down the cover with sanitizer (not ordinary Tizer). The likelihood of picking up the virus from a couple of random pages in the book would be very low, especially after a couple of days (as I've said, nearly all the studies of virus persistence have looked at the nucleic acids, rather than infectious virions).

But seriously, even when this is over, don't lick the library books.
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Re: Using public libraries at this time
« Reply #28 on: March 26, 2020, 11:14:11 am »
The idea of turning old phone boxes into free libraries has taken off around where I live, including my village. I’m just wondering how these could be made safe just now. I wonder if picking up books using gloves and then “ isolating” them for a number of days before you read them would work?

Pop them in a plastic bag for 72 hours if you're concerned.
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