ECB: Euro Banknotes and Coronavirus Danger
Euro banknotes do not pose a particular risk of coronavirus infection when touched, European Central Bank said.
This statement made by the famous Italian economist, member of the Executive Committee of the European Central Bank, Fabio Panetta.
Panetta presented the results of a number of independent studies by European laboratories.
Coronavirus survived much better on flat surfaces made of steel and metal, than on cotton based material. He also recalled that the Euro banknotes printed on pure cotton fiber paper.
European labs showed that the survival rate of coronaviruses is “10 to 100 higher” on a stainless steel surface. Corovavirus can stay on a door handle more time than on euro banknotes.
“Analyses indicated that it is much more difficult for a virus to transferred from porous surfaces like banknotes than surfaces like plastic,” Panetta said.
“Overall, banknotes do not represent a particularly significant risk of infection comparing with other kinds of surfaces that people come into contact with in daily life,”
Earlier reported that the coronavirus can be preserved on a variety of surfaces, including plastic and asphalt for 3 to 4 days.