As Covid-19 has sparked a worldwide crisis, people have been changing the way they perform everyday tasks. Since the novel coronavirus travels through respiratory droplets that are produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, one question that has been brought up is around the possibility that cash can potentially harbor bacteria and viruses since they are often handled by many people. When asked about this possibility, a WHO spokesperson said: “Yes, it’s possible and it’s a good question. We know that money changes hands frequently and can pick up all sorts of bacteria and viruses…when possible, it’s a good idea to use contactless payments”. Although more research needs to be done to verify this, it has been recommended that people avoid touching money when possible and to wash their hands after coming into contact with cash.
The good news is that there are alternative methods to traditional forms of payment. With the advent of contactless payment – people can perform necessary payments without ever having to touch anything other than their own card or mobile phone.
With PPCBank’s mobile app and Visa Contactless card, customers can easily make the transition to cashless payment. PCBank’s Mobile Banking App 2.0 allows customers to transfer money easily – both to other bank accounts and overseas accounts, make loan requests, open or close an account or even reserve time for a bank visit. Beyond that, the app makes payments easy allowing for phone top ups and lets customers make quick and secure payments to PPCBank partner merchants by simply scanning a QR code. These are just a few of the powerful tools that PPCBank’s mobile app gives its users, all without having to lay a finger on cash.
Customers can also opt for a contactless Visa card to make payments. Customers don’t need to hand their card to the cashier – simply tap the card on the card reader and the payment is securely completed. Customers will also receive an SMS alert so that they can keep track of their purchases.
It’s important now more than ever to take extra precautions to keep yourself and others around you safe – so why not make the switch to contactless payments and most importantly – don’t forget to wash your hands.