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LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 19: A cashier at a Travelex Bureau de Change counts U.S. Dollars in exchange for British pounds February 19, 2004 in London. The recent dramatic fall in the U.S.dollar has seen a rise in UK customers changing their pounds for the weaker greenback. (Photo by Ian Waldie/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***

Nope, this isn’t a joke. The World Health Organization is warning that paper money could be contaminated with the coronavirus and be contributing to the outbreak around the world.  They’re telling the public to avoid using paper money if at all possible.  The COVID-19 virus may stick to banknotes for several days, potentially increasing the chance of contracting the virus, the WHO said earlier this week.  If you do handle money, you’re encouraged to immediately wash your hands.