Don’t put your money where your mouth is. Scientists at New York University did microbiological studies to find out what germs live on dollar bills. As it turns out, the list is long.
More than 3,000 different types of bacteria were found, including some that have not yet been identified. That doesn’t even count the viruses and fungi.
The most common bacteria included those that are associated with acne, but germs linked to pneumonia, ulcers and food poisoning were also prevalent. Paper money provides a good growth medium for microbes, especially when it is kept in a wallet in a back pocket. Body temperature encourages microbial proliferation.
The next time you pay for a bagel, burrito or sandwich, wash your hands before you handle your food. And if you see the barista use his hands to apply the lid on your coffee cup after taking your cash, you may want to transfer your beverage to a clean cup before drinking it.