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Cash & Disease Transmission

Categories : Cash and Crises, Cash is a public good
September 9, 2020
Tags : Cash and Crises, Cash demand, Coronavirus, Crisis
Cash and Crises, a series of financial literacy video series by CashEssentials releases its sixth episode with a social mission to support the relief and development community in understanding how cash is managed for society in times of crisis.
Communication Team / Equipo de Comunicación

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Our latest Cash and Crises episode explains how physical currency is managed in times of a pandemic and why it is essential to the proper functioning of the national economy, concluding that:

• Banknotes pose no more risk of disease transmission than other everyday objects such as debit cards, ATM PIN-pads and handrails.

• A combination of modern banknote manufacture and improved bulk cash management practices maintain the highest possible quality of currency in circulation.

• The sooner the Cash Cycle is restored after a catastrophe, the sooner economic recovery can begin.

• Loss of confidence in cash driven by unfounded fears that banknotes act as vectors of disease can foster financial exclusion and slow economic recovery following a pandemic.

• Cash adds value to society by generating profit for the issuer.

• Policies driven by ideology rather than epidemiology will do further harm by forcing cash payments to be made via electronic means which either don’t exist or are not disaster resilient. Alternative payment options are rarely contact-free and the majority of digital transfers made in low-and-middle-income economies today involve cashing out somewhere in the cycle.

Find more information on the Cash and Crises series by clicking here  and watch our previous episodes below:

Episode 1: Digital Money

Episode 2:The Role of Central Banks in Disaster Management 

Episode 3: Multiplier Effects

Episode 4: Pre-paid card payments and settlements 

Episode 5: The Cash Cycle in Disasters


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This post is also available in: Spanish