Does Covid-19 spread through Coins and Bank Notes? WHO says

COVID-19 has long been with us, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday. It also cautioned that the majority of countries are only in the early stages of handling the pandemic. With the number of cases continuing to rise sharply in India, it is essential that we take the utmost precautions after touching surfaces in terms of wearing masks and washing hands.

by Niranjani Jesentha Kumari Prabagararaj

Updated: Apr 23, 2020 16:28 IST

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Studies indicate that coronaviruses (including preliminary COVID-19 virus information) can persist on surfaces for some hours or up to several days. This can vary under various conditions (e.g., surface type, temperature, or environment humidity),' says the WHO website.

In a recent post on Instagram, if COVID-19 will spread by coins and bank notes, which shares. "There is currently no evidence to confirm or disprove the transmission of COVID-19 virus through coins or banknotes," the post reads. It continues, however, that the respiratory droplets expelled from an infected individual can contaminate surfaces, and persist.


Protection and preventive steps involve washing your hands thoroughly after touching any surface or item commonly encountered, including coins and bank notes.

When your hands are not washed, stop rubbing your hair, mouth, and nose.

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