Handling Cash

Handling Cash

The safest way to pay for your grocery and other items is through mobile pay apps on your phone, such as Apple or Google Pay.

But if the pin pads at your local stores don’t have a mobile pay option, then using a credit or debit card is safer than cash. Even before the virus outbreak, studies showed paper money can harbor thousands of microbes from various environments.

Most cashiers at grocery stores and fast-food restaurants have been instructed not to handle credit or debit cards, so shoppers are required to use the pin pad. Experts recommend using hand sanitizer or washing your hands right after checkout and avoiding touching the “T-zone” – eyes, nose and mouth.

The CDC suggests that you also clean and disinfect anything else that you tend to touch a lot (including cash) using a regular cleaning spray or wipe.