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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2956

How dirty is your money? Experts warn coronavirus can be spread by plastic money

By Glen Jenvey exclusive Asian tribune London
London, 12 February, (

Amesh A. Adalja MD FIDSA FACP FACEP Senior Scholar, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security said "It’s possible if the plastic banknote becomes contaminated with coronavirus but this is not a major route of transmission "

Over 30 countries including the UK operate a monetary system made of plastic the five-pound note the 10-pound note and soon the 20- and 50-pound note. Make the pound a possible source of infection. Of contamination from person to person of the deadly virus.

Polymer banknotes are widely used in Australia first then 29 other countries even in Asia - .

Brunei, Canada, Maldives, Mauritania, Nicaragua, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Romania, and Vietnam. The latest countries to introduce polymer banknotes into general circulation include: the United Kingdom, Nigeria, Cape Verde, Chile, The Gambia, Nicaragua, Trinidad and Tobago, Mexico, Botswana, São Tomé and Príncipe, North Macedonia, the Russian Federation, Armenia, Solomon Islands, Egypt, the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), Samoa, Morocco, Albania and Cambodia

Expert scientists have confirmed that the Coronavirus lives on plastic and hard surfaces for up to 48 hours.

Which means if someone sneezes in their hands? Or if someone touches the plastic notes in their pocket or wallet and then handover the plastic notes to a bartender shopkeeper or any other trader and as the virus is active on those notes for up to 48 hours and this is a way, the virus could be transmitted other than sneezing and coughing directly onto somebody, Dr. Charles Chiu, M.D./Ph.D. said

"I believe that it is theoretically possible. However, although potentially infectious, dried virus on banknotes is likely to be a rare cause of transmission. Nearly all cases are probably due to respiratory droplet transmission by someone sneezing or coughing within 6 feet of you, or from transiently infected surfaces such as doorknobs and tabletops. There is some recent anecdotal evidence that the virus can also be spread by environmental contamination, such as in leaky sewage pipes."

Another expert said though it is clear that coronaviruses can remain viable on surfaces and laboratory studies for several days, it is unclear what that means in everyday life. The viability of a virus is affected by environmental conditions, such as UV exposure, humidity, and other factors. I do not think that the trajectory of this outbreak is going to be influenced much by this mode of transmission but more so by symptomatic individuals passing it directly to other individuals

Experts are divided on whether or not the coronavirus will be spread via dirty money, but tests are ongoing and advice is to wash your hands if you touch door handles or hard surfaces made of glass, plastic, as the virus can live on them including money for 48 hours .

Experts say " We don’t know yet about the exact length of the viability of 2019-to in the environment, although we can make some estimates based on data from other coronaviruses, such as SARS and MERS coronaviruses.

For MERS coronavirus, for instance, the dried virus is viable on plastic and metal surfaces for up to 48 hours at 20°C and 40% relative humidity (typical environmental conditions for indoor settings) (van Dormagen, et al., 2013). For SARS coronavirus, the dried virus is also viable for up to 48 hours. "

Tarik Jašarevi?, Spokesperson World Health Organization said “Mode of transmission: The main driver of transmission, based on currently available data, is people who have symptoms. WHO is aware of possible transmission of 2019-nCoV from infected people before they developed symptoms?

Detailed exposure histories are being taken to better understand the pre-symptomatic phase of infection and how transmission may have occurred in these few instances.

Transmission from an asymptomatic person is very rare with other coronaviruses, as we have seen with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV).

Persons who are symptomatic spread viruses more readily through coughing and sneezing, “Tarik Jašarevi?, Spokesperson World Health Organization said.

- Asian Tribune -

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