As the coronavirus pandemic intensifies in the U.S., more people are using credit cards and avoiding cash as a way to reduce the chance of contamination. Payment cards may help slow transmission of the virus, according to the World Health Organization.
First off, experts at the CDC have stressed that the virus infects people when they touch their face or breathe in the virus if someone coughs. This means the virus probably won’t affect you as long as you wash your hands after touching money and avoid your face.
“It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes,” the CDC said, “but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.”
That’s not exactly a “no, it’s not a problem,” either, however.