The circulation of banknotes in light of the rapid spread of the emerging Corona virus around the world has become a source of anxiety and fear for some as it may be a means of transmitting the infection.
Experts estimate the duration of the virus to remain on banknotes between 24 and 72 hours, based on the results of studies conducted on the duration of the emergence of the emerging corona virus and the infectious coronaviruses that belong to it on cardboard and newsprint.
Septic disease specialist Dr. Boutros Nasrallah explained to SANA health that the paperwork in general, including money, is accused of partially transmitting the emerging virus infection as it may carry traces of secretions of an infected person to another healthy hand and then to his respiratory system.
Nasrallah pointed out that there may be an exaggeration of some estimates of how long the virus stays on banknotes that they say are up to a week, but in all cases it is necessary to take precautions and wash hands after dealing with cash and the various papers that many hands circulate, such as the post, for example.
The specialist stated that the fastest and most dangerous means for the spread of the emerging virus is direct contact with the secretions of a sick person and their transmission by coughing and sneezing, which confirms the need to stay away from crowded places and leave a safe distance with those who show symptoms of influenza.
The World Health Organization, and within its recommendations for the prevention of Covid 19, called on people to wash and sterilize hands after dealing in banknotes and not to touch the face after circulation because it may be an infection.