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What Is the Safest Way to Pay If You’re Out During the Coronavirus Pandemic?

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Even though the coronavirus pandemic has caused most people to spend most of their time at home, it is still essential for families to get food at the grocery store and run other errands that keep life moving.

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Besides wearing masks properly and washing hands appropriately, there are many ways to stay safe when you do these essential activities that require being in public. So what is the safest way to pay to avoid transmitting germs?

The first thing to know is that if you feel sick, it’s best to avoid shopping or going out altogether. Only visit the grocery store or other stores selling home essentials in person if you have to.

If you are well enough to go out and are paying at the register at a store or restaurant, use touchless payment — a payment option that allows you to pay without touching money, a card or a keypad. Apple Pay, Google Pay and even some forms of credit and debit cards may be activated using a tap.


If you have to use cash or a card, or touch a keypad, clean your hands with hand sanitizer immediately afterward. Avoid touching your face and wash your hands thoroughly when you get home. Washing your hands for at least 20 seconds is just one way to stop the spread of germs during the coronavirus outbreak.