Deadly coronavirus may be able to live for hours if not DAYS on money, as WHO warns consumers against handling cash – The Sun

THE World Health Organization have warned that coronavirus could live on dollar bills for days and that shoppers should avoid using cash.

In the warning issued this week, WHO advised people to wash hands immediately after using money.

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WHO have advised people to avoid using money to avoid the spread of the virus

They said: "We know that money changes hands frequently and can pick up all sorts of bacteria and viruses and things like that.

We would advise people to wash their hands after handling banknotes, and avoid touching their face."

"When possible it’s a good idea to use contactless payments,' a spokesman told The Telegraph earlier this week.

Doctors in the US are echoing the advice as coronavirus is a droplet-born disease.

Experts say that the virus can attach itself to money in the same way as it does with door handles and other hard surfaces.

Baptist Health Dr. John Braden said: "It’s by contact with objects that someone else has touched, and that is primarily the biggest way of transmission."

The death toll in the US reached 15 on Friday, with the country's screening processes at airports being criticised for lax protocol.

This comes as Donald Trump ousted his acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney – who came under fire for his handling of the coronavirus outbreak

The President made the surprise reshuffle announcement on Friday, revealing that Mulvaney – who had been acting in the role for more than a year – would become Special Envoy for Northern Ireland.

"I have long known and worked with Mark, and the relationship is a very good one," Trump said on Twitter.

Trump is replacing Mulvaney – long-rumoured to be on his way out – with Republican congressman Mark Meadows.

Meadows announced in December he would not run for re-election this year in his North Carolina district.

A close ally of Trump, Meadows chaired the conservative House Freedom Caucus from 2017-2019.

Mulvaney was named acting chief of staff in December 2018 and Trump never made the appointment permanent.

"I want to thank Acting Chief Mick Mulvaney for having served the Administration so well", Trump said.

He added: "He will become the United States Special Envoy for Northern Ireland."

The decision comes as the Trump administration has faced criticism for its handling of the novel coronavirus outbreak.

Mulvaney had been leading the interagency response to the virus until Trump designated Vice President Mike Pence to lead the whole-of-government effort more than a week ago.


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