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.”