Coronavirus contagion warning: Scientists discover infection can spread through cash

A new government study from the US has revealed that credit cards, coin and cash could be surfaces that spread the coronavirus infection. New research suggests the virus’ life span is anywhere between three hours and three days on surfaces, depending on the material. The finding that the infection clings to copper coins for four hours and credit cards for three days has sparked alarm among financial experts.

The study on the COVID-19 infection was carried out by National Institutes of Health, CDC, UCLA and Princeton University scientists in The New England Journal of Medicine.

Fox News correspondent William LaJeunesse said: “The US Government study shows the virus stays airborne for 30 minutes to 3 hours.

“It stays on cardboard for up to 24 hours. It stays on stainless steel for two days. It sticks to plastic for three days.

“This covers dollar bills, coins, credit cards. All of them carry bacteria pathogens. Even elevator buttons and ATMs.”

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Dr Marty Makary, from Johns Hopkins University, added: “This virus has a 35 percent attack rate.

“That means there is a 35 percent chance of someone else living in the house gets the virus because one person in the house has it.”

The coronavirus is a respiratory illness, and typically spreads through airborne droplets from an infected person’s coughs or sneezes.

A single cough can produce up to 3,000 droplets.

Sanitation expert Pete Duncanson urged people to keep “cleaning surfaces” in a bid to combat the coronavirus spread.

He said: “Keep everything cleaned. Use long strokes and wipe in only one direction.”

There have been more than 10,000 deaths from COVID-19 around the world, roughly two-thirds of which have occurred in China and Italy.


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More than 240,000 cases of the virus have been confirmed.

There have been 205 deaths in the US, 144 in the UK and seven in Australia, as a result of the outbreak.

The British Government is today investigating a sharp spike in the number of coronavirus deaths in the West Midlands.

One of the region’s NHS trusts reporting nine deaths from the illness, the highest number for any trust in the country.

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