Contaminated cash could spread COVID-19

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U.S. Currency (Source: CBS 4)

The outbreak continues to impact countries all over the world. It could also impact something we use and touch every day. It’s money.

The World Health Organization tells us the virus can remain on bills days after contact.

Christopher Aldrete is a minister and received an offering today.

“It was cash so different amounts the first thing I do is pray over the amount,” he said.

He collects money for his church but keeps hygiene on his mind.

“It’s out from the street you don’t know how many people it circulated through who’s hands,” he said.

Aldrete washes his hands every chance he gets. The World Health Organization is shining light on the potential dangers of coronavirus on cash.

“The virus can survive on surfaces. I have seen some data that states it can survive from two hours to nine days,” said Dr. Jose Campo Maldonado.

The World Health Organization (WHO) urges people to avoid touching their face when dealing with money and to wash their hands frequently.

There are other ways to pay for items, you can use a card or other forms of electronic payment.

We often get money from ATM’s and bank tellers

. CBS 4’s Jeremiah Wilcox called banks throughout the valley. 

None of the banks have a procedure to sanitize bills in the bank. However, many keep hand sanitizer at booths for use. Dr. Jose Campo Maldonado tells CBS 4 prevention is the best method to fight the spread of viruses.

“If you’re cautious and do hand hygiene and cough etiquette you should be pretty well protected even if you have to hand things to other people,” he said.

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