Most people are very careful about their health, but not many of them think about the fact that money is one of the dirtiest things, since they go through many human hands.
Disease causing microbes live on the banknotes for quite a long time — from one up to two months. Paper money have a lot of cellulose which is the perfect media for development of bacеteria. Plastic money (for example, Australian dollars) and metal money have much less microorganisms, and their life is much shorter. For example, you can take euros in your hands without any worries: they almost never have microbes, since the banknotes have been treated in a special anti-bacterial solution.
The majority of bacteria on banknotes are those causing acne and other skin inflammation, microorganisms associated with vaginal tract, microbes from the mouth cavity and disease-causing viruses. Also Escherichia coli and staphylococcal bacteria can be found — they cause intestinal diseases.
Besides bacteria, fungi spores and helminthiasis (simply put, worm infections) pathogens can be found on money. Sometime pet’s DNA and even traces of drugs can be found there.
Scientists have found that the bigger the banknote’s value, the less pathogens it has. Change money has turned out to be the dirtiest, since a lot of it isin turnover.
However scary it may look like, but the risk to get infected by money is very small. But one thing is most certain: the notion of “dirty money” has a real basis behind it, so before having a bite into a bun having just paid for it with paper money, stop and think what you are risking.