Show us the money — unless its cash!That’s the sentiment a growing number of businesses around the world have adopted as fear grows over the spread of COVID-19.Despite assurances from public health officials, some retailers are banning banknotes.INTERPOL ARRESTS 121 CRIMINALS IN 90 COUNTRIES CASHING IN ON CORONAVIRUSIn Chicago, Open Books, a non-profit bookstore, sent an email to customers asking they not use cash. A chain of diners in Washington state has stopped accepting cash and door-to-door delivery services like Grubhub and Door Dash have put “no contact” policies in place and have either removed cash payment options or are actively discouraging them.Julie Fischer, a professor at the Center for Global Health Science and Society at Georgetown University, says while there may be traces of the virus lingering on paper bills, it is unlikely virus particles will return to the air, or aerosolize, once on a surface.Despite the reassurance, some people just aren’t ready to risk it.In South Korea, which has been more successful in stemming the outbreak, the country’s central bank took all banknotes out of circulation for two weeks or, in some cases, burned paper money.The National Bank of Poland said Thursday that “Polish banknotes are subjected to a quarantine”


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