Many only leave the house for shopping. However, infection with the corona virus is also possible in supermarkets. A payment method reduces the risk.
- The fear of the corona virus is growing.
- Many have to leave the house to shop, but you can also get infected there.
- A payment method helps to protect yourself better.
Across Germany, thousands of people are already infected with the corona virus. The risk of being infected in any public place increases accordingly. This also applies to supermarkets , where the supposedly largest gatherings of people can currently be found.
But how can you protect yourself while shopping? In fact, there is an easy way to play it safe, at least at the checkout.
Avoid cash and EC cards at the checkout
Many surely already have an inkling of what's to come: don't use cash . That's right, those who do without cash * definitely don't go wrong in times of the corona virus. Nevertheless, the EC card is not always ideal - after all, you have to use a device on which many other people have previously typed their password. If you are scared of it, you can easily pay with your smartphone , because many markets now offer the option of making a purchase via "mobile payment" .
If you have a corresponding app , all you have to do is hold your smartphone * through the terminal at the checkout, follow a few instructions on your display and the purchase is done. It is usually not necessary to touch the card reader in the supermarket.
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Which apps do you need for contactless payment and which supermarkets support it?
First of all, it is important that your smartphone supports Near Field Communication (NFC) . Contactless payment is only possible in this case. If you have also activated the function, only the right app is missing. This can be Google Pay or Apple Pay , for example. If you download one of the apps, you only have to enter some data and choose a payment method such as PayPal.
The technology portal Chip explains that several large supermarkets such as Edeka , Rewe , Aldi Nord and Süd and Kaufland support mobile payment. However, some shops do not yet offer this option. So before making your purchase, it is advisable to inquire about it.
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