If you research ways to prevent viral infections, the first tip you will read includes thoroughly washing your hands. Infectious diseases spread quickly, mainly because of improper hand washing. What’s another way to combat germs? The Chinese government believes the answer lies in disinfecting cash.
How dirty is money?
In a 2017 study published in the journal PLOS ONE, researchers tested dollar bills from a bank in New York City. The swabs picked up hundreds of microorganisms. Most of the germs related to non-life-threating issues such as acne, however, they found other cringy items as well. Disinfecting cash may not be a bad idea.
Another study by scientists at the London Metropolitan University tested the surface of coins. The findings resulted in nineteen different kinds of bacteria. There was no specific mention of viruses.
China is disinfecting cash to contain the coronavirus
The latest news, regarding the nearly pandemic coronavirus, includes China’s attempt to control the disease. The Chinese government said during a press conference that banks could only release new sterilized bills.
Additionally, banks across China must withdraw potentially infected cash from circulation and disinfect it. Accepted methods include ultraviolet light and high-temperature storage.
Prevention and treatment of viruses
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus. However, the CDC recommends everyday preventive actions such as:
– Wash your hands often with soap and water.
– Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
– Reframe from touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
– Stay home when you are sick.
– Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Disinfecting cash and other economic updates
China’s method of disinfecting cash has banks working diligently, even though the logistics can be tricky. Keep in mind that China’s economy is not the only one feeling changes.
President Trump called for a 6 p.m. news conference on February 26th, 2020. Representatives from the CDC, and others, will discuss the coronavirus’s effect on the United States. Many expect Trump to tie in the CDC’s message with the current economy, and for him to condemn the way media panics the markets.
The measures the United States will take to prevent the spread of coronavirus are uncertain. However, we can observe other countries for guidance.