Reserve Bank FOI docs reveal virus research

Reserve Bank of Australia documents released under Freedom of Information in June 2020 reveal the RBA has been investigating cash and virus transmission since way back in 2003.

And it turns out cash poses no significant risk of carrying viruses. A senior researcher told his superior:

banknotes pose minimal risk of transmission of disease.”

die-off of microbial populations is more rapid on polymer notes than on the paper notes”

So Aussie polymer notes are cleaner than paper notes. And cash really isn’t anything to worry too much about. Keep hands clean and sanitised and listen to all the usual health advice.

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