Cash payments do NOT pose a risk


06/07/2020

WHO denies the dogma

Did you know that according to a WHO-backed study, cash payments are not a significant contagion focus of coronavirus? Banknotes and coins, like any surface, can be contamined by infectious agents, but the risk of contracting Covid-19 is very low, the report concludes.

This WHO study confirms the conclusions of relevant leading figures in the field, such as Albert Bosch, president of the Spanish Society of Virology, who declares that banknotes and coins are an infection focus of very unrelevant viruses. Xavier Abad, head of IRTA-CReSA Biological High Containment Unit and associate professor at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona reaffirms these conclusions and points out that the likelihood of contagion from touching a coin is negligible. However, we must keep in mind that the safest payment methods are those made through mobile or contactless cards as they avoid any type of contact.

"It is also important to note that the time when coronavirus is infectious on a surface is not very long compared to other viruses", says Albert Bosch. In fact, the paper of euro banknotes, made from cotton fibres, is porous, and on such surfaces it is less favourable for the virus to persist. In respect of coins, they are made of alloys with a high percentage of copper, a material in which has been seen that the average life of the virus is only four hours. Therefore, "contagion is much more likely to occur by proximity to an infected person than by cash payments", says Xavier Abad.

We help you to foster safety in your premises

At Eurogame, to further minimize the risk of contagion, we periodically clean and disinfect our machines. This way, your establishment can count on the maximum guarantee of security for you and your customers. Learn more about us here.

 



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