This Is the Only Way You Should Be Handling Money, According to the CDC

This is how you can maintain some sense of safety when dealing with cash during the coronavirus pandemic.

The coronavirus has all of us on edge, especially when it comes to the things we touch daily. One item we all need to use regularly is money. But because cash is exchanged through multiple hands every day, it can be dangerous to use during the coronavirus pandemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) actually recommends that people don't use cash during this time, instead opting for credit cards, contactless pay, or banking online. However, if you do absolutely need to use an ATM to make a deposit or get cash, the CDC has a recommendation as to how you can stay safe: "If you must visit the bank, use the drive-through ATM if one is available," the experts note.

While at the ATM, the CDC suggests that you use a disinfecting wipe to wipe down the keypad before entering in your information. After making your withdrawal or deposit, the CDC says you should use a hand sanitizer with an alcohol content of at least 6o percent to immediately disinfect your hands. And when you get home, you should wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, even after you have used hand sanitizer, the CDC notes.

Low angle view of businesswoman inserting credit card and withdrawing cash at ATM while wearing protective mask on her face.

Leann Poston, MD, a medical expert with Ikon Health, says she agrees with the CDC recommendation that people should avoid going to indoor ATMs as much as possible right now. After all, you risk the possibility of "cross-contaminating everything" by touching the machine, as well as perhaps your phone, your purse, and your wallet.

If you do need to visit an ATM, Poston even suggests taking the CDC safety recommendations a step further. "Keep a couple of plastic styluses in the car, pick one up, and use it to push buttons on the touchscreen," she says. "Deposit it into a paper bag when you are done. Soak it in alcohol when you get home and then wash your hands." And for more CDC guidelines you need to be aware of, check out 6 Things You Should Never Touch in Public, According to the CDC.

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