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. Tests 7 and 8 study materials that were previously tested at temperatures between 68 to 72°F (22 ±2°C). Those materials include the following items: hardback book (buckram cloth, stacked, previously tested in Test 4), softcover book cover (stacked, previously tested in Test 4), plastic protective cover (stacked, previously tested in Test 4), and expanded polyethylene foam (unstacked, previously tested in Test 4).

The results of the tests are expected to be published in mid-February 2021. for more information got to