Best Practices When Using Mobile Payments During the Novel Coronavirus Outbreak

JP Buntinx
March 9, 2020

The novel coronavirus outbreak has put a lot of people on edge. This also makes it tough to find viable payment methods without risking a further spreading of the virus. Mobile payments are still a viable option today.

Mobile Payments Require no Interaction

Many things can be said about the way the payments industry is evolving. Some think it is going in the right direction, whereas others oppose these non-personal options. Using mobile payments, for example, requires little to no interaction with a cashier. 

Despite this lack of a social aspect, these mobile options present opportunity as well. During this novel coronavirus outbreak, they may be the most prominent way of paying for goods in a store. It is precisely their lack of human interaction that make this option relatively safe to use.

Solutions such as Apple Pay, Google Pay, Samsung Pay, and WeChat Pay are all perfectly usable during these troubling times. There are concerns as to how both payment cards and cash may contribute to spreading COVID-19 in the future. As such, any payment option not requiring physical contact will become of greater interest.

Using either Apple Pay or Google Pay is very straightforward. Dedicated mobile applications exist for either option. The use of Apple Pay with an iWatch is also an option to explore during these uncertain times. Both of these payment solutions are also accepted on some public transportation across the US, making it more worthwhile to explore. 

Mobile Phone Hygiene is Crucial

If one wants to explore mobile payments, another factor will prove crucial. Our society has become incredibly reliant on smartphones. Pulling such a device out while on  the subway, bus, or otherwise can potentially expose it to COVID-19. Those who are germ-averse may want to keep it in a pocket on their person at all times .

Keeping one’s phone clean is also crucial when relying on these payment solutions. Using a microfiber cloth can be a very long way in this regard.Cleaning the device regularly is always mandatory, but especially while the novel coronavirus continues to rage on. One can never be too careful in terms of personal hygiene.

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