efe-epaBy Maria M. Mur Santiago

Olaya sprays alcohol on coins she receives from a customer and then smears her hands with the disinfectant. She has read that the coronavirus can remain for several hours on cash and knows that her workplace - a Santiago street market - is considered one of the Chilean capital's main pandemic hotbeds.

"We're touching coins and bills the whole time here. I've been spared thus far because I take a lot of precautions. As soon as I get home, I undress and run right to the shower," she told Efe while working at a fruit and vegetable stand in Peñalolen, a neighborhood on this metropolis' east side.

"I'm a single mother of two small children and I can't afford to get sick," she added.