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Handling of money during COVID-19

03 June 2020
By Mmabore Mogashoa

I went to one fast food outlet and I realized the risk of handling money during the pandemic. People use money in shops, public transport etc. Social distancing was maintained, temperature checked and sanitized. When paying the cashier used a tray to collect the money and give me my change back. I realized that some just continue enjoying the food without washing their hands because sanitizer is only used when you go inside. In public transport if you are the back you give the next person money, in seats to the driver.

There is no sanitizing after handling the money. With this kind of risk, there should be a better way of business so that consumer don’t end up infected when getting change. We send our children to the shops, markets etc. and no one wash/ sanitize hands before and after handling money. People who are selling in the street are also at risk. Most of them don’t wear cloves and even some of who have take money, give change and give you whatever you are buying. Is there a way to keep money away from germs and viruses? Will the only way to solve the problem be to go digital?