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Learn about the true corona transmission through banknotes
Shafaq News / With the outbreak of the "Covid-19" epidemic and its spread in most countries of the world today, many people still believe that contaminated banknotes may transmit the new Corona virus, which led them to abandon the use of these funds or even wash them as a backup.
Earlier, global fears arose about carrying banknotes, fearing the transmission of the virus that killed more than 17 thousand people and infected about 400 thousand others around the world. International companies, according to news reports, refused to accept paper currencies, and some even Countries have gone so far as to urge their citizens to stop using banknotes altogether.
For example, after the outbreak of the "Covid-19" epidemic, the OpenBox Corporation, a non-profit library in Chicago, sent an email to customers asking individuals not to use cash, and a chain of restaurants in Washington state stopped Accept currency.
Delivery services such as "Ghorahab" and "Dor Dash" and others established "offline" deliveries and stopped offering cash as an option to pay.
To make matters worse, scientific research published early in the aftermath of the outbreak concluded that the virus could survive on cardboard for up to 24 hours and up to 3 days on plastic and stainless steel, however, researchers did not test whether He can live on banknotes.
Experts believe that cash payment carries the risk of transmission of the new Corona virus, but the risk from cash so far is minimal compared to other methods of transmission, but public officials and health experts said that the risk of transmission of the virus from one person to another through the use of banknotes is minimal.
Experts in the public health sector also stressed that the presence of live particles of the virus on banknotes does not mean that they pose a health hazard, noting that it is unlikely that the virus particles will return to the air or turn into a spray once on the surface.
Julie Fischer, professor at the Center for Global Community Science and Society at Georgetown University, stressed that the absence of the deadly virus effects on the paper dollar is not impossible, but she made clear that handwashing would provide adequate protection for the banknote holder.
In addition, various media outlets have reported from the US Federal Reserve that it has made efforts to ensure that the cash supply is not contaminated.
A spokesman for the Federal Reserve told Reuters that the banking system began to isolate the dollar that was traded in Asia and Europe before recycling, as regional Federal Reserve banks put the effective currency for a period of 7 to 10 days as a precaution.
The Bank of England, for its part, admitted that banknotes "can carry bacteria or viruses" and urged people to wash their hands regularly.
This comes after China and South Korea began in February to cleanse and isolate used banknotes as part of their efforts to stop the spread of the virus, and the South Korean Central Bank withdrew all banknotes from circulation for two weeks, in some cases burning paper money.
Officials use ultraviolet radiation or high temperatures to sterilize banknotes, and put them back into circulation only after they have been closed and stored for up to 14 days.
Who's the truth
On March 2, the British newspaper The Telegraph published the news that the World Health Organization "hinted" that contaminated banknotes may spread the new Corona virus, and that the UN called on people to use non-cash payment methods instead.
The newspaper added that the United Nations organization advised clients and customers to wash their hands after touching the banknotes because Covid-19 infection may remain on the surfaces for several days.
It quoted a WHO spokesman as saying that in order to prevent the spread of the disease, people should use payment techniques without touching as much as possible.
Later, the World Health Organization denied the statement, saying, "We have never said that cash can transmit corona viruses."
"We have not said that money can transmit corona viruses," WHO spokeswoman Fadela Chaib told Market Watch in an email. "Our words have been corrupted."
The spokeswoman sought to clarify the comments in the article published by the British Telegraph newspaper, and said, "The World Health Organization has not said that the banknotes are transferred as Cofid-19, and we have not issued any warnings or statements about this."
"We were asked if we believed that banknotes could transmit the new Corona virus, and we said that you should wash your hands after dealing with the money, especially if eating," she added, adding that doing so is "a good hygiene exercise."
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