Please stop microwaving your books to get rid of coronavirus

You see, every book at that library — and libraries around the country — has a metallic radio frequency identification (RFID) tag that can and will burn in a microwave. The tags can also catch on fire, the Facebook post read.

But it does beg the question: How do we know our books are virus-free?

Earlier this year, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) held a webinar on this very topic with David Berendes, a CDC epidemiologist.

“You don’t have to really worry about finding ways to disinfect those materials,” Berendes said to the attendees, according to a recap of the meeting. “The virus, if it’s present, would be present in very low quantities and would die off pretty quickly.”

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