Half of central banks quarantined banknotes during the pandemic

But only 37% ran a study relating to Covid-19 and banknotes

Confusion prevailed during the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic about how the virus could be transmitted. 

The original message from the World Health Organization (WHO) was that the public should be cautious about banknote use. 

Panic ensued, resulting in a clarification from the WHO that it was not advocating the disuse of cash, rather that people should wash their hands after handling banknotes and coins. 

Amid uncertainty about how long the virus might potentially survive on banknotes

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