Human contact is a key ingredient in our society and has been in all others through time, and always will be. We should not be afraid of it in view of a relatively mild virus because we will be doing our part to build our immunity both to this current outbreak and to others that may occur in the future; after all, it is a great antidote to all of life’s worries and the best way to stay together in the long term.
It is ridiculous in the first place how the ‘contact reducing’ measures can have such petty detail to the point of mandating or strongly pushing cashless transactions in venues. The exchange of notes and coins in any payment is likely to be brief and passing in nature, so ask yourself why government guidance includes a suggestion that probably won’t even affect the level of transmission of the virus?
On the other hand, credit and debit card payments – while not inherently bad – pose substantial privacy concerns from multiple standpoints. The details of the card are often a handy backdoor for scammers to steal savings, and the elderly and vulnerable are ironically at the biggest risk. Also, how would you feel if someone stole, or otherwise obtained access to view the entire history of your credit card transactions?
Think about all of the little touches in life we would lose if the British government legislated a cashless society on a national scale. No more tooth fairies, no more birthday cash as a good luck charm from your grandparents. Is that a future we want for our offspring? Choose carefully, for we won’t know what we had until we’ve lost it for good.