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Chances are you’re not using a lot of cash these days. Online shopping is at an all-time high since stay-at-home orders first went into effect. Also, paying for things with cash has been in decline for a few years anyway. Credit and debit cards, as well as all of the digital payment options are so much more convenient. And in the age of COVID-19, contactless payment is a lot safer.

Best Life reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning that by using cash, we put ourselves at risk of contracting the coronavirus. Here are the CDC’s recommendations on how we should handle money during this time:

  • The CDC recommends not using cash.
  • Instead use credit cards, contactless pay or bank online.
  • They also recommend not using ATMs. Where possible, use drive-through ATM’s.
  • If you must use a walk-up ATM, take disinfecting wipes with you and wipe the keypad before using it.
  • Once you get your cash, use hand sanitizer immediately.
  • When you get home wash your hands immediately, even if you used hand sanitizer.

I recently sold a few items on Craigslist and took cash for them. In the future, I’m going to request a contactless form of payment.

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