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43. China Quarantines Cash to Sanitize Old Bank Notes From Virus
Sat Feb 29, 2020, 05:53 PM
Feb 2020
China Quarantines Cash to Sanitize Old Bank Notes From Virus
Bloomberg News
February 15, 2020

Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-02-15/china-quarantines-cash-to-sanitize-old-bank-notes-from-virus

(includes a good video: A Cell Biologist Explains How a Virus Mutates and Spreads)

The new coronavirus has restricted millions of Chinese people to their homes and towns, and now old bank notes are being quarantined.

The government cut off the transfer and allocation of old bank notes across provinces, and between cities most affected by the deadly outbreak, according to Fan Yifei, People’s Bank of China’s deputy governor. The central bank also ramped up measures to sanitize old money to reduce contagion risks and added 600 billion yuan ($85.9 billion) of new cash for Hubei, the epicenter of the coronavirus, he said.

“Money from key virus-hit areas will be sanitized with ultraviolet rays or heated and locked up for at least 14 days, before it is distributed again,” Fan said at a press conference on Saturday. Money circulated in less riskier areas is subject to a week of quarantine and commercial lenders have been asked to separate cash from hospitals and food markets, he said.

Yipes. Of course! But I never thought of it. Squinch Feb 2020 #1
We had this discussion after watching Rachel last night. BComplex Feb 2020 #4
You are right. Especially with it living on surfaces dewsgirl Feb 2020 #2
So you're suggesting we should launder our money? unblock Feb 2020 #3
Well, I hadn't thought of that! BComplex Feb 2020 #5
... 2naSalit Feb 2020 #6
And that's truly all he cares about. BComplex Feb 2020 #9
I know a peeResident who will do that (for a fee) erronis Feb 2020 #7
Now there's a guy who needs to handle some cash BComplex Feb 2020 #10
Any item you purchase can be handled tho, correct? GusBob Feb 2020 #8
I guess that, too. BComplex Feb 2020 #11
It could very well be argued a pin pad is more dangerous GusBob Feb 2020 #12
Oh lord. I hadn't thought of that. BComplex Feb 2020 #13
I keep hand saintizer in my car which i use after leaving a premise. Kaleva Feb 2020 #15
and the virus is more likely to live longer on the plastic surface Ms. Toad Mar 2020 #66
Cashless isn't perfect either, if you have to use a stylus or keypad. Tap-to-pay cards/card readers RockRaven Feb 2020 #14
True that. BComplex Feb 2020 #16
Has anyone actually bothered to test currency? PoindexterOglethorpe Feb 2020 #17
Not that I've ever heard of. BComplex Feb 2020 #20
Somehow I think that if currency really PoindexterOglethorpe Feb 2020 #37
Yes. Money is filthy. Tanuki Feb 2020 #42
Yeah, but do people actually get sick from the currency? PoindexterOglethorpe Feb 2020 #44
Good questions canetoad Mar 2020 #61
Do not forget store loyalty cards and items handed to you usedtobedemgurl Feb 2020 #18
You're very careful. That's good! BComplex Feb 2020 #21
BComplex... usedtobedemgurl Feb 2020 #24
Thanks for those tips! BComplex Feb 2020 #25
Milk also freezes well womanofthehills Feb 2020 #52
Yes, those things do seem extreme. PoindexterOglethorpe Feb 2020 #38
I Know It Seems Extreme, But As I Said... usedtobedemgurl Feb 2020 #46
But nothing has changed, not really. PoindexterOglethorpe Mar 2020 #59
Okay. usedtobedemgurl Mar 2020 #62
Yup,Money and Door knobs. Wellstone ruled Feb 2020 #19
Yep. Someone who is contaminated sneezes, your hair catches the spores. BComplex Feb 2020 #22
Not forget,the dirtess tool in the House is your comb Wellstone ruled Feb 2020 #23
People lick their fingers when counting your change back to you. louis-t Feb 2020 #26
Just hope it doesn't make you infected with the coronavirus, also! BComplex Feb 2020 #27
Chinese are destroying a lot of the currency that has been circulating and replacing it.... Pachamama Feb 2020 #28
Wow! Really? BComplex Feb 2020 #30
I need to locate the info where I saw this...think it was out of an investor news brief from Europe Pachamama Feb 2020 #41
China plan to destroy paper currency... littlemissmartypants Mar 2020 #63
What I've read is that they are doing something to disinfect it. PoindexterOglethorpe Feb 2020 #39
I haven't been able to find anything Ms. Toad Mar 2020 #67
Is the duration of covid19 viability on any surface actually known? MadLinguist Feb 2020 #29
Ok. Discussed elsewhere on DU, here's a link RE similar virus MadLinguist Feb 2020 #35
Thanks for that, MadLinguist... BComplex Feb 2020 #48
I just saw a thread around here somewhere that showed BComplex Feb 2020 #31
I almost never use cash. Happy Hoosier Feb 2020 #32
I almost always use credit cards BComplex Feb 2020 #34
don't ever touch your face when out and about.. Grasswire2 Feb 2020 #33
Keypads are a motherfucker. Iggo Feb 2020 #36
I love those self-checkout places BComplex Feb 2020 #40
I love self checkout but crickets Feb 2020 #55
China Quarantines Cash to Sanitize Old Bank Notes From Virus KY_EnviroGuy Feb 2020 #43
Great information there, KY_EnviroGuy!! BComplex Feb 2020 #49
Where did the thing you're purchasing come from? Who sneezed on it? Hermit-The-Prog Feb 2020 #45
I work retail pecosbob Feb 2020 #47
Yipes, pecosbob! BComplex Feb 2020 #50
I think all the coke residue on it should kill any cooties Blues Heron Feb 2020 #51
LOL!! BComplex Feb 2020 #54
was just about to post along thes lines ... Kathy M Feb 2020 #56
The govt will surely use this point to try to lessen cash use. So they can track us MORE oldsoftie Feb 2020 #53
Ding ding ding ding we have a winner +1.... nt Hotler Mar 2020 #65
Then we should see large numbers of cashiers coming down with it. nilram Feb 2020 #57
Good point, nilram. BComplex Mar 2020 #58
Yes, cotton fiber paper money transmits viruses. roamer65 Mar 2020 #60
and you grab your fries from the bag before you washed your hands Demonaut Mar 2020 #64
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