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Cryptocurrencies Can Help Deter Spread of Coronavirus

In an effort to prevent the spread of coronavirus, the World Health Organization (WHO) advised consumers to switch to contactless payments and avoid using bank notes. For many, this means using Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies.

People across the world can now conveniently use Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies in newly opened market in India when purchasing food, paying bills, or buying items. And using crypto for almost all payment transactions is one way the WHO believes can help deter the spread of the deadly coronavirus now officially known as COVID-19.

The WHO sees the use of contactless payments instead of bank notes as one of the band-aid solutions that can address the increasing number of people testing positive for the new coronavirus.

In fact, Anastasiia Brener, Head of Business Development of Ikajo International, a global payment service provider, told that contactless payments are the next big thing:

“I think that contactless payments are on the rise these days since this payment method is less prone to spreading COVID-19. Besides, with all the lockdowns, businesses now shift online, and merchants have to adopt numerous online payment methods as well as be able to provide in-app payments.”

Bank notes are known to carry different types of bacteria and virus as highlighted in a 2017 study of used bank notes in New York.

In fact, central banks in China and South Korea have started disinfecting their bank notes before getting distributed to the public.

In China specifically, potentially infected cash were withdrawn from circulation and treated with ultraviolet or heat, then would have to be stored for one to two weeks before they could be made available again.

While the efforts of central banks to disinfect potentially contaminated bank notes are a step toward the prevention of the spread of the coronavirus, the WHO still advises the public to focus on hygiene, avoid crowded places, and use contactless payments.

Meanwhile, the increasing number of people infected with COVID-19 does take a toll on gambling enthusiasts. As a workaround, they can play their favorite casino games or bet on sports online instead, and using cryptocurrencies is an option they can take.

Many online casinos now accept BTC and other cryptocurrencies, so finding crypto-friendly gambling sites should no longer stop players from betting amid the threat posed by the deadly coronavirus.

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