FAQ on whether the coronavirus can be passed on through banknotes and coins

The Riksbank receives a number of questions about whether one should be worried about handling banknotes and coins, given the potential risk for contagion of the coronavirus.

Can the coronavirus be passed on through banknotes and coins?

The Riksbank receives a number of questions about whether one should be worried about handling banknotes and coins, given the potential risk for contagion of the coronavirus. However, there is no evidence that the coronavirus is passed on by handling banknotes and coins, and according to the Public Health Agency of Sweden, there is no information that people have been infected by handling banknotes or coins. The most important thing to prevent contagion is to follow the Public Health Agency of Sweden guidelines.

A number of studies have been made regarding contagion via banknotes, including an ECB study that concludes that the virus survives a shorter time on the porous surface of a banknote than on, for instance, a door handle. The virus is also more difficult to pass on from porous surfaces.

Cash is still an important means for may people to pay with and it is therefore important that society continues to accept and handle banknotes and coins.

Read more about how to avoid being infected and infect others on The Public Health Agency of Sweden's website.

 

 

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Updated 20/05/2020