Doctors share helpful tips when touching money

Posted at 9:40 AM, May 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-27 10:53:29-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The impact of COVID-19 just might have people thinking twice about touching certain surfaces.

Ongoing health concerns have brought much awareness on the importance of keeping your hands clean.

But what about when it comes to making transactions and touching your money?

Medical experts share a few tips that you can bank on while reducing the spread of the virus.

It probably doesn't matter about the amount of cash you have, the bottom line is that it’s your money so you should be able to count or touch your cash.

However, the coronavirus has left a strong impact, keeping a mass amount of people to stay proactive.

Medical experts say when touching and handling your money or even debit cards, wearing gloves might give you a false sense of security because after you touch your money, that can contaminate other surfaces.

“So you put the glove on, but then you're doing the same thing, you can contaminate your glove, and then from your glove you can contaminate everything else,” says Dr. Jamie Fergie, director of infectious diseases at Driscoll Children’s Hospital.

Fergie says your best bet to help stop the spread of germs is to use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer frequently after touching your money or credit cards.

Medical professionals say it’s okay for people to carry cash on them, but make sure you wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds regularly.

“But also just clean your hands, clean your hands after you are touching something else surfaces handles credit cards, money just do it frequently several times a day, that is the key,” Fergie says.

Also remember to avoiding touching your face with your hands to help reduce the risk of transmitting germs, Fergie said.