Can COVID-19 spread through banknotes and coins? Here is what the WHO says

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Kathmandu, May 27

If restrictions lift slowly in Nepal, cash transactions will increase. Here is how to protect yourself  

The World Health Organization (WHO) says there is currently no evidence to confirm or disprove that COVID-19 can be transmitted through coins or banknotes.

However, it warns that respiratory droplets expelled from an infected person can contaminate and persist on surfaces.

The WHO recommends these precautions:

Many central banks now routinely disinfect currency notes and coins with ultraviolet rays and hold them for two weeks before releasing them back into circulation.

WHO: PREVENTING COVID-19 WHILE HANDLING BANKNOTES AND COINS   

  • Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly after touching banknotes and coins
  • Avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose after touching currency

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