Cash, long a refuge in uncertain times, now under suspicion

In troubled times, people have been known to hoard currency at home. It's often a financial security blanket against deep uncertainty.
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BEIRUT (AP) In troubled times, people have been known to hoard currency at home. It's often a financial security blanket against deep uncertainty.

But in this crisis, things are different.

This time cash itself, passed from hand to hand just like the coronavirus, is part of what some people fear.

Money’s status has changed during the virus era, perhaps for good.

Public officials and health experts have said that the risk of transferring the virus from person to person through the use of bills and coins is extremely minimal.

But the pandemic has reawakened debate about their continued viability.