Dirty Money

Viruses can live on a dollar bill for as long as 17 days!

So, it’s especially important to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds after handling money.

Researchers at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio found that 94 percent of the 68 bills tested were contaminated with bacteria, much of it benign. But 7 percent harbored dangerous pathogens, including Klebsiella pneumoniae.

Paper money can reportedly carry more germs than a household toilet. So, do not put dollar bills in your mouth and remember to wash your hands each time you handle money.

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