Deutsche Bundesbank – Cash poses no particular risk of infection for public
March 18, 2020
Bundesbank Executive Board member Johannes Beermann has indicated that the risk of picking up coronavirus via cash is extremely minimal. In a press briefing at the Bundesbank, Mr Beermann noted that “the probability of becoming ill from handling cash is smaller than from many other objects used in everyday life”. “Banknotes and coins do not pose a particular risk of infection for the public.” He said that euro banknotes were designed such that soiling through everyday use was minimal. Moreover, €5 and €10 banknotes, which change hands particularly often as change, additionally have a protective coating against soiling. “At its 35 branches, the Bundesbank annually processes over 14 billion banknotes, removes soiled banknotes and replaces them with freshly printed notes,” Mr Beermann explained.