I recently commented that my driver’s license looks like it has been used to clean the toilet. It turns out that statement may not be too far from the truth.
A study on Dirty Money from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine recently reported that one in ten bank cards was contaminated with fecal bacteria, and 8 % were grossly contaminated at levels you would expect to find in a dirty toilet bowl.
What does this all mean?
The average credit-card carrying American has 3.5 cards plus an insurance card, drivers license, and ATM card. Consequently, there is a 50% chance that that person is carrying their own private source of disease. Add money (1 in 7 bank notes is contaminated) and a few more cards, and the odds increase significantly.
I’m going to spray my wallet with Lysol when I get home tonight. I may wash my hands, as well.