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    Cash carries germs; It may be better to use debit/credit cards as a preventative measure

    I thought about this yesterday, and realize that whenever we handle cash, we're exposed to a high number of germs, so I'm going to be using my cards instead. My main bank card doesn't even need me to put in a pin number, so I don't have to touch the pad, which is also full of bacteria.
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    Re: Cash carries germs; It may be better to use debit/credit cards as a preventative measu

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    So is every door handle. If you are concerned at this level, then it's best to wear gloves when you leave the house... and don't touch your face with your gloves!

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    Re: Cash carries germs; It may be better to use debit/credit cards as a preventative measu

    Using my card instead of cash is just one small step in prevention. In one list I saw, it did recommend not touching door handles with our hands, but instead using our elbow or knuckle or a tissue. I'm not paranoid, but cautious. I did pick up a pair of loose fitting plastic gloves for grocery shopping, and putting gas in my car. I'll keep these in my purse. I don't use ATMs, which are another potential source of bacteria. Think about people who never wash their hands after using the bathroom, and then use the ATM or pump gas.

    Being more aware isn't something to sneeze at~
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    What happens when there is a power outage from a solar flare or any kind of a power outage? If one does not have cash on hand, how is anyone going to buy anything they need? So now we are going to get rid cash? Are you ready for a chip in your head or your hand? If a criminal wants to rob you, it will not be your wallet, it will be your head or your hand, not your wallet.

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    Re: Cash carries germs; It may be better to use debit/credit cards as a preventative measu

    I find this line of thinking kind of dangerous actually...

    While we still don't know a lot about the coronavirus, it does seem that just like the flu and common cold- transmission is mostly person to person. And like the cold and flu- transmission from surfaces seem to be far more likely from hard surfaces than soft surfaces. (FWIW- while there is no real answer at the moment the general consensus from experts seems to be is that the virus can live on solid surfaces for between 2-9 hours).

    So... if you're paying with a card you may or may not have to hand it to another person. Either way you're likely to have interact with a terminal- buttons and or a "pen" - a hard plastic surface that countless other people have handled over the preceding hours. And if not a terminal you're going to be handed a piece a paper and a pen- a pen which many others have also handled.

    I fail to see how this is somehow safer?
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