For seasoned and novice coin collectors, conventions and conferences are events where individuals showcase their valuable coin collections, speak to other enthusiasts and experts, learn about their collections, and enjoy the company of like-minded individuals. Unfortunately, due to the current coronavirus outbreak, many events have been postponed or canceled to protect the attendees and vendors from spreading this highly-contagious and dangerous illness. Although many events are canceled, there are plenty of others that are still happening across the country, with thousands of attendees from different states and countries.
In the wake of such a pervasive illness, we at SAFE® Collecting Supplies want all collectors who are or will attend a coin collecting conference soon to stay safe and limit the spread of coronavirus and other illnesses. By using common sense, staying current with new updates from health officials, and following proper hygiene recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), you can help yourself and others at these exciting events.
What is the Coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are a vast family of viruses relatively common in people and animals, although the spread of coronaviruses from animals to humans is quite rare. However, COVID-19, or coronavirus disease 2019, is a respiratory disease caused by a new strain of coronavirus that seems to have beaten the odds. It is highly contagious, and the severity of the disease is still unknown due to a lack of data, but there have been reports of asymptomatic carriers, mild cold or flu-like symptoms, and death as a result of this strain.
How to Stay Hygenic at Coin Conferences
Avoid Handling Money (Bills & Coins) with Bare Hands
By its literal and financial purpose, money changes hands all the time, making it one of the most notorious carriers of bacteria and viruses on the planet. While you and other coin collectors protect your collections with specialty coin cleaning supplies and coin cases and displays, there are many other collectors, vendors, and guests who may not value hygiene as much. Not to mention that it is always best to use cotton gloves to protect your collection from harmful oils on your skin on a regular basis.
Wash Hands Thoroughly & Frequently
The WHO & CDC recommend that everyone wash their hands with soap and water when hands are visibly dirty, after coughing/sneezing, after toilet use, and before food prep and dining. Use hand sanitizer (alcohol-based hand rub) at other times. You should wash your hands for AT LEAST 20 seconds and use paper towels from dispensers to dry your hands. Avoid air dryers as heat and moisture attract viruses and bacteria like flies to honey.
Practice Social Distancing & Respiratory Hygiene
Make sure you remain a safe distance of at least three feet from anyone who is coughing or sneezing because microscopic droplets of liquid from their noses and mouths could contain the virus, and you could breathe them in. Additionally, when coughing or sneezing, ensure that you cover your mouth and nose entirely with the crook of your elbow or with a tissue that you dispose of immediately afterward.
At SAFE® Collecting Supplies, we offer a vast selection of coin collecting supplies perfect for every coin collection and believe that every collector deserves the chance to meet with other enthusiasts and show their collections. However, we only want you to go to these events if you take the proper precautions to avoid receiving and spreading coronavirus. If you are ill, particularly if you have a fever, cough, breathing difficulties, or other cold or flu-like symptoms, please seek medical attention immediately and call ahead, and please do not attend a coin collecting event for the protection of everyone else.
If you would like to learn more about COVID-19 symptoms and prevention, please read this article from the WHO or this one from the CDC. And, if you would like to protect your coin collections, take a look through our excellent inventory of coin collecting supplies.