MOSCOW, October 15. / TASS /. The coronavirus remains infectious for three hours on coins, and for a day on banknotes. Therefore, money can become a source of the spread of coronavirus infection, the press service of Rospotrebnadzor told TASS.
“As a result of contact of a person infected with coronavirus with banknotes and coins, the virus can get on the surface of banknotes,” the press service said. So, according to the specialists of the State Scientific Center of Virology and Biotechnology “Vector” of Rospotrebnadzor, “on the surface of banknotes the virus retains its infectivity for at least 1 day, on the surface of coins – at least 3 hours.”
“In 1 hour, the amount of viable virus on the surface of coins decreases 100 times, while on the surface of banknotes – 10 times,” the message says.
Thus, money can become a source of the spread of coronavirus infection. Rospotrebnadzor recommends treating your hands with an antiseptic or washing them thoroughly with soap and water after each cash payment. However, the department still advises to pay non-cash and use personal protective equipment.