Should you avoid cash and coins during the pandemic?

Dr. Jen Ashton answers your COVID-19 questions.
1:26 | 09/22/20

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We turn now to Dr. Ashton, some answers to the viewers' questions. First one, why is it difficult in some places to get covid-19 test results quickly? This is the million-dollar question, T.J. It has to deal with a lot of different variables. Whether they have the capacity to process that specimen on site, supply chain distributions in terms of the reagents used to do that. The people running those tests, a lot of different steps along the way, but I want to be crystal clear, turnaround time is the key to using testing to our advantage. It makes no point in someone getting a test if they have to wait five, six, or seven more days to get the results. In medicine, you shouldn't do a test unless you know what you're going to do with the results of that test. All right, something I've been observing, you see those signs now saying no cash accepted here, credit only, our next viewer asks, should we avoid using cash or coins during the pandemic? So this is important. Pay attentioning to the way I word this. There's no evidence to support this right now. We've heard the CDC say that fomite transmission, contact on surfaces isn't a major route of spread. If you want to use cash and coins, wash your hands. That's so important, it was before this and it will be after this. All right, Dr. Jen, thank you. You can submit questions to Dr. Jen on her Instagram @drjashton. Our next guest now is one of

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