Does counting money affect your health?
I am not thinking of a thief or a pick pocket here. This is different. It’s about Dirty Money and Filthy Rich.
Confused? Read on.
Have you observed how many times you think of money a day? Have I got the change for the parking ? Have I forgotten the Credit Card ? Is he going to return my money today ? Am I going to get my pay today ? Yes, you think of money more times than you can imagine. But, how many times you handle it, touch it, count it, stuff it in your wallet?
Money is a very frequently passed on material in our day to day activities. And it is a big carrier of germs. Germs? That is an understatement. Currency notes and coins can harbour 3000 types of bacteria. Researchers found that money largely carries MSRA, E. coli, Salmonella species and viruses, including human influenza virus, Norovirus, Rhinovirus, hepatitis A virus, and even Rotavirus. Thus, money can cause you cold, acne, boils and other infections. Money could even contaminate food and give you food borne illnesses. In winter, lack of hygiene can cause ‘currency carried’ pneumonia as paper can easily hosts a wide spectrum of microorganisms.
I think they are yet to crack how long bacteria can survive on currency notes. It also remains a mystery how many types can cause harm by getting transmitted from hands to currency and back to hands.
I wash my hands several times a day. My family finds it amusing how I wash my hands vigorously after coming in from out, simply before touching a utensil or how I search frantically for my Hand Sanitizer before touching a baby. I so much hate how people out of all their affection give their fingers for babies to suck and by a questionable tradition feed babies with sugar at her first visit to their homes.
How to Prevent Transmissible Diseases
- Wash your hands with soapy water at least for 20 seconds. For important information about washing hands read, http://www.cdc.gov/features/handwashing/
- Avoid touching your mouth, nose, or eyes without washing your hands
- Avoid sharing personal items
- Avoid touching animals
- Make it a habit to use Hand Sanitizers or alcohol wipes while travelling
- Always wash your hands with soap on entering the house from outside. Remember, the door knob, handles, buttons in the elevator etc. host a variety of bacteria.
If you knew that paper currency carried germs which were found not only on skin and mouth but also in vaginas you would probably wash your hands twice as much as you did now. Now this fact indeed questions the hygiene level of the community that we live in.
Ending the note with a quick a reminder here: next to currency are cell phones and shared computers in transmitting diseases freely.
How many times do you wash your hands a day?