Currency Notes Can Have Coronavirus For 28 Days: 5 Ways You Can Stay Safe, Kill The Virus
According to the Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness study, the novel coronavirus can last for 28 days on notes and phone screens as the contagion continues to ravage across the globe.
Survival On Currency Notes
It seems that very little is known about SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 as the virus is only 10 months old when discovered in December 2019.
The newest discovery reveals that the novel virus is ‘extremely robust’ in nature and can survive on various surfaces, including currency notes, glasses, plastic and stainless steel for up to 28 days.
Now after coming home, we can sanitise vegetables and fruits or even packages, but what about the currency we have exchanged with the vendors.
I might sound unrealistic but a person living in Seoul, placed an unspecified amount of 50,000-won bills in a washing machine to sanitise it.
Some even thought of placing them in the microwave.
Despite the increase in digital payments in India, cash is still widely used.
If we talk about cleaning currency, a few popular methods of cleaning the currency include vinegar and salt, soapy water or even antibacterial spray.
Although, extra care needs to be taken while doing so as they can not be cleaned at high temperatures and also corrosive chemicals like bleach or chlorine can not be used.
Precautions While Using Currency Notes
So lastly it comes to precaution is better than treatment. Here is the list of precautions one can take to avoid the infection from Covid-19 virus.
1. Encourage Digital Payment
One good thing that has come out with the pandemic is the increase of digital mode of payment and India has emerged as the global leader in real-time financial transactions with 41 million transactions per day.
The Modi Government is also encouraging the cashless payment system. So why wait let’s go cashless.
2. Iron Them
As people have already tried washing and microwaving, then why not use iron as well.
But don’t forget to be careful and iron them on a very low temperature or you just might end up burning them.
Just put an old newspaper on the bottom and place your currency notes on it and iron them on low temperature.
3. Use Of Gloves
As wearing a mask is compulsory now, so why not go for gloves too.
So whenever you go outside to buy essentials like groceries, vegetables and fruits, use hand gloves as it provides a barrier between the contagion and your hand and is also easily disposable after used.
Once coming home, don’t forget to dispose of the glove in a closed trash-can to ensure others safety or even you can go for washable ones for multiple uses.
4. Keep Them Separated
Normally we use separate purses and wallets to keep money separately and securely.
Now you can isolate them with your other belongings by using plastic so that they don’t come in contact with stuff and spread any contagions and don’t forget to wash your hands after coming in contact.
5. Wash Your Coins
We can always wash coins or even use disinfectants to sanitise them.
For doing so, simply place them in warm water or you can also use detergent and clean them using the toothbrush.