The World Health Organization has issued a warning that cash contaminated with the coronavirus could be contributing to the global outbreak that is happening across the globe.
WHO stated that the public should avoid using paper currency and stick with contactless payments. It is possible for the coronavirus (COVD-19) to stick to paper money for several days thus increasing the chance of contracting the virus through cash.
A spokesperson for Who stated that “Yes it’s possible and it’s a good question. We know that money changes hands frequently and can pick up all sorts of bacteria and viruses and things like that.
“We would advise people to wash their hands after handling banknotes, and avoid touching their face. … When possible it’s a good idea to use contactless payments.”
Concerns about money and the coronavirus are spreading across the globe. In South Korea, the central bank announced that it was taking all banknotes out of circulation for two weeks. Some of the money will reportedly be burned.
China has been deep cleaning cash that potentially could be infected by the virus using high temperatures and ultraviolet light. The money being treated comes from high-risk infection areas.
In Paris, the Louvre museum has banned cash because of the outbreak.
Nearly 100,000 people have been infected by the virus globally. It is expected that the outbreak will increase the use of mobile payments.
Anxiety caused by the mounting numbers of individuals infected by the virus has caused shortages of hand sanitizers all across the world.
WHO advises that in addition to washing your hands after handling money you should also carry and use antibacterial baby wipes to clean your phone and credit cards with. You should also carry your own pen to sign receipts.