Recently the researchers informed that the risk of getting Covid infection from banknotes and coins is far too less. People have been more feared of getting the infection from banknotes and coins which has to lead to more contactless payments during the pandemic.
According to the reports, experts at the European Central Bank, in collaboration with researchers at Ruhr-Universitat Bochum in Germany, wanted to clarify how long do coronaviruses remain infectious on banknotes and coins.
The report further added that the team treated various euro coins and banknotes with virus solutions of different concentrations and over several days observed how long infectious virus was still detectable and a stainless-steel surface served as a control in each case.
While the infectious virus was still present on the stainless-steel surface after seven days, on the 10-euro banknote, it took only three days to completely disappear. For the 10-cent, 1-euro, and 5-cent coins after six days, two days and one hour, respectively, no infectious virus was detectable.
The researchers also developed a new method to study how well the virus is transferred from a surface to the fingertip. The contaminated banknotes, coins and credit-card-like PVC plates with harmless coronaviruses and, under high-security conditions, also with SARS-CoV-2. These surfaces were then touched, while still wet or when already dried, by test subjects with their fingertips or, in the case of SARS-CoV-2, with artificial skin.
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