Credit Cards Are Not Clean

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.

About Mark Mizen

At Creative Memories, I evaluate photographic products and related materials so that today's memories are not lost to the future and then communicate this information to Creative Memories Consultants and their customers. My interests extend from preservation of traditional photographs to the production of photo books to the expected longevity of electronic image files. My long-term objective is to direct the development of technology that meets consumers needs for high-quality products.
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