Coronavirus: Low risk of contamination through banknotes

Media and social networks have been arguing about the safety of paper money since the COVID-19 pandemic started. Opinions vary, but in fact, it does not matter how to pay: good personal hygiene is most important!

In early March, The Telegraph published an article. It stated with reference to a representative of the WHO that the World Health Organization was calling for cash withdrawals because banknotes transmit the coronavirus. The article received wide publicity amid the global panic over the infection's spread.

However, in just a few days WHO spokeswoman Fadela Chaib clarified that the message was misinterpreted: "We were asked if we thought banknotes could transmit COVID-19 and we said you should wash your hands after handling money, especially if handling or eating food."

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The cashless society from an ethical point of view

The debate about the move towards a cashless society has been at the center of the scene for several years, now. Various angles have been taken by economists, politicians, banking institutions and sociologists. Beyond the technicalities of the debate, lies the question of freedom, of inter-citizen solidarity and of governmental responsibility. The debate cannot remain in the hands of financial specialists, it is first and foremost an ethical, political and societal issue.

The cashless society from an ethical point of view

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