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Anyone taking any extra precautions against the virus goin around? Lets be honest, money is dirty. Definitely washing my hands more, but just curious. Always sorta toyed with the idea of washing the coins prior to sorting, some of these are disgusting.
 
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Staying out of big crowds and lots of soap and sanitize often. Everyone needs to be thinking about where they are and what they are touching. When you touch a surface, you are basically shaking hands with everyone who has touched it before you.
 

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Also, government warnings to avoid crowds give us a legitimate reason to go detecting more...
 

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I’m supposed to pick up my regular 6 boxes tomorrow. I’ll just take extra precaution with touching anything while sorting....as in not touching anything until my hands have been thoroughly disinfected. And then cleaning my workstation with a bleach water mix.
 

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There is a sanitizer shortage, I started using hydrogen peroxide more with clean cloth. Might consider using gloves when necessary
 

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I thought about this today when I was dumping coins in the machine. Everything being touch screens now a days.
 

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I'm not worried about it. Chances are it's like the flu, there's not much you can do to stop it unless you become a hermit and live off grid.
 

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A box of latex gloves at harbor freight is cheap. Might consider those for your coin sorting.
Wal Mart sells them too in the hardware dept.
 

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Ware gloves on the first time around, then on the coins you dump, and finally wash your coins you plan on keeping. Speaking of washing, as an experiment and to prove a point to my wife, I took 4-silver avg looking silver coins and put them in an Rx bottle with COKE, and another 4 in a Rx bottle with Dawn liquid soap. Yep, you guessed right, the Coke sample coins came out much brighter than the soaped ones. Now I tell her, how much more Coke or Diet Coke are you going to drink. I rest my case.
 

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I think about how much of this virus is getting around by non coin roll hunters handling money both paper and coin. How long can the virus live on those surfaces?
 

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I think about how much of this virus is getting around by non coin roll hunters handling money both paper and coin. How long can the virus live on those surfaces?

From USA Today:

How long does the virus live on an object like a dollar bill?

— John from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Depending on the type of surface, the virus can stay on surfaces for a few hours or up to several days, according to the WHO. A recent study by scientists in the U.S. found that viable virus could be detected up to three hours later in the air, up to four hours on copper, up to 24 hours on cardboard and up to two to three days on plastic and stainless steel.

It's possible that you can become infected if you touch your face after touching a surface or object that has the virus on it, according to the CDC. But scientists don't think surfaces are the main way that the virus spreads; the most common form of infection is from respiratory droplets spread by a person's cough or sneeze, the CDC reports.

Meanwhile, the WHO says it is very unlikely that the virus will persist on a surface after being moved, traveled and exposed to different conditions and temperatures. That means the virus cannot spread through goods manufactured in China or any country reporting coronavirus cases.

At the same time, the WHO is reportedly encouraging people to use as many digital payment options as possible. Viruses can survive on hard surfaces like coins for days in some cases. U.S dollars, a blend of fabric and paper, are harder for viruses to stick to.​

Sounds like up to 24 hours on our boxes, difficult to stick to on paper money, and possibly days on CWRs and/or teller tray coins. I personally have upped my usage of bank provided hand sanitizer from "once or twice a day" to "most banks". Couldn't hurt is the way I look at it. I am in my 30's, so I'm not in what the CDC considers the high risk. For my CRHing friends that are 60+, please be careful out there.
 

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Will it spread by the mosquito
 

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What if someone in a prison gets it
 

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Many metals have anti-microbial properties:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antimicrobial_properties_of_copper

Copper, in particular, has been used for a wide variety of anti-microbial purposes. Copper compounds are used to kill algal blooms in ponds. They are also used in aquariums to kill some bacterial diseases. In aquariums, the copper persists in the silicone and can kill beneficial bacteria in bio-filters for many years.

I've given dozens of sterling silver infant spoons as gifts to new parents. When they asked me if they should use it or put it away, I mentioned that silver has anti-microbial properties, so go ahead and use it (I included a cheap stainless spoon in case they wanted to save the sterling one).

I once saw an estimate that flu viruses lived for up to 9 days on keys and remotes. Nobody knows about this new c-19.
 

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That’s one of the reasons copper is used for water pipes.

New construction around here usually uses PVC to save a few bucks but the houses I've built for ourselves have had copper water pipes.
 

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I dumped $1000 in halves yesterday at my credit union that uses a coinstar - free for customers. It was the first time I've seen the tellers wearing nitrile gloves. This thing may change the way we do things going forward.
 
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Yeah, was more wondering about precautions in the hobby with this post, not life in general. Apparently my CU may be closing down for a bit (small town perks), so I may not have to worry.
 

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Wouldn't surprise me if the federal govt put a ban on use of money (paper & coin) until further notice. All transactions to be done via credit card. Watch some pea-brain in Washington DC come up with this idea, there goes our CRH hobby.
 

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