The advent of the Coronavirus has got the global health organizations on their toes. All organizations have been conducting frequent seminars and conferences in order to keep the world up-to-date regarding the progress against the deadly virus, and precautionary measures.
The health experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) have warned the public masses that ordinary looking bank notes can very well be carriers of the virus and it is important that everyone considers it a mode of transmission. A spokesperson on behalf of WHO added that contact-less technology must be preferred wherever possible.
Latest research suggests that the infectious Covid-19 virus may cling to the surface of an object for a number of days, which is quite remarkable. The health organizations are requesting people to wash their hands frequently, especially after handling currency notes. Health experts have discouraged the people about touching any feature of the face after having handled the bank notes.
The governments worldwide swung into action after the release of this information. China and Korea have started disinfecting their currency notes on an industrial scale, as an attempt to refrain the further spread of Coronavirus. Officials are using X-ray or ultraviolet light and high temperatures attained from controlled electrical furnaces to sterilize the bills. These bills will be put back into circulation after at least 14 days of being kept in a controlled thermal environment.
A thorough analysis of 22 earlier studies of viral diseases similar to Coronavirus, including Severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (Mers) was published on the internet this month in the Journal of Hospital Infection. It was concluded that human Coronavirus can remain infectious on inanimate surfaces for up to nine days at room temperature.
But not to worry because they can quickly be rendered inactive and non-infectious by the use of common disinfectants including formaldehyde containing compounds, and may also dissipate at higher temperatures, the authors wrote. It is not yet clear, however, whether the new Coronavirus behaves in the similar fashion or not.
Hitherto, all medical experts unite on the fact that precaution is the best treatment so far. They advise frequent hand washing, use of hand sanitizers (which contain a good percentage of alcohol), intake of Vitamin C, and use of masks in case of flu or cough.