This from ABC News. An odd little story giving an example of just how strange the CV situation is going to be making things.
It almost qualifies as a Friday Humor submission, but only in a dark humor sort of way.
It seems that there is growing reluctance now among people both in the U.S and in other countries to handle paper currency. This is out of fear that it may have been touched by someone with the virus, and thus has become a source of infection.
From the article below:"Public officials and health experts have said that the risk of transferring the virus person-to-person through the use of banknotes is small. But that has not stopped businesses from refusing to accept currency and some countries from urging their citizens to stop using banknotes altogether."
and“It’s not impossible that there might be traces of virus on dollar bills but if you wash your hands it should provide adequate protections, you shouldn’t need anything else.”
but also"Other devices used to pay for items are just as likely to be vectors for disease transfer. Credit and debit cards are made of plastic and metal. ATMs are touched by hundreds of human hands a day."
So might there be circumstances where a person is walking along, sees a fiver or a tenspot that somebody has dropped on the ground, and is torn between running over and picking it up, and a hesitant thought "Gosh, it might be infected. I better leave it!"
Actually, in most cases I rather suspect he'll grab it right up, willing to chance it that it's not covered with virus.
Or, if he's a smart fellow, he'll pull out the plastic gloves he's been carrying in his pocket for just such an occasion and put them to good use.
How many other peculiar situations like this will now be arising in our daily lives?
Strange, indeed. https://abcnews.go.com/us/wirestory/filthy-lucre-paper-money-shunned-fear-virus-spread-69701772