Covid-19

Handling Money? Wash Your Hands

Despite the pandemic, banking is still an important errand that many of us can’t put off. After all, money is essential. But given the need to avoid other people to reduce the risk of infection, it can be challenging when we must carry out our usual errands, and for those who still prefer to bank in person, especially so.

They need to know how dirty money is. A 2017 study that looked at $1 bills obtained in winter and summer 2013 from a Manhattan bank. The researchers found 397 bacterial species, most of which were derived from human skin, and some, like Staphylococcus Epidermis, highly undesirable. And of course the coronavirus can stick around for a bit, too, because U.S. dollars are money from linen and cotton.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends we call our bank or set up virtual meetings to discuss what services they can provide remotely. The CDC also indicates in its COVID-19 guidelines for essential errands that we should always opt for routine transactions that do not involve physical interactions, like using drive-through banking services, accessing mobile banking apps and using automated teller machines. In situations where a visit to the bank is still needed, the CDC states that we should wear a cloth face covering, observe social distancing inside the banks and use hand sanitizers after touching things inside the bank or the ATM machine.

Banks are also advised to implement safety measures that would help prevent possible transmissions of COVID-19. The staff should also wear face masks and observe distancing. Plexiglass barriers between staff and clients are also recommended.

Finally, it is essential that we wash our hands after leaving the bank. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the hands are the "main pathways of germ transmission." Hand hygiene is the most powerful tool everyone can use to prevent the transmission of germs like the novel coronavirus. Soap and water are the preferred means, but an alcohol-based sanitizer is allowed since it is faster and can be more effective than soap and water, if the hands are not soiled with dirt.

Washing hands Hand washing has been proven effective to help people reduce the risk of contracting or sharing diseases but many people still ignore its importance, especially when eating. Pixabay

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