More than likely you may have said this before: “Money is nasty, don’t put it in your mouth!” As a parent, you’ve probably said something similar to your kids. One thing is certain: money is one of the dirtiest things you will come in contact with every day. So how do you get rid of the germs from money?
Money is Dirty
How sanitary is your currency? According to experts, it’s not. Over half of all paper currency and nearly 20 percent of coins harbor harmful pathogens. Most bacteria and viruses on money won’t cause any serious issues for a healthy person. Nevertheless, these lurking germs could still cause a cold or a stomach bug.
Of all the germs on money, there are a few that you should be concerned with.
Staph normally resides on your skin and in your nasal cavity. Most people won’t have to worry about it unless you have open sores. Some experts are concerned about the superbug, MRSA, an antibiotic-resistant Staph strain. Seek counsel immediately if you have an open sore that becomes inflamed or start oozing pus.
You’ve more than likely heard of E. Coli outbreaks from unwashed produce. This virus can cause a mild case of diarrhea or a severe stomach illness that could land you in the hospital. Anytime you have the stomach flu, drink lots of fluids and rest. Seek medical attention if you don’t feel better after 24 hours.
Sure, you can pick up bacteria and viruses from cash and coins. You can get them anywhere. To stay healthy, there are several things you can do.
Take time once a week to wipe down telephones, door handles, light switches or any other surface that are frequently touched with antibacterial wipes. Do this at home and at the office.
Wash your hands as often as you can. Use antibacterial soap and running water. Sing “Happy Birthday” twice to make sure you wash long enough. Dry with a towel and use it to open the door.
You or a member of your family must make the effort of eliminating the germ before it spreads. Wash all linens in hot water and spray furniture with a germ killing spray. Clean all bathroom surfaces, including the toilet handle, door knobs, sink and faucet with antibacterial cleanser. Make sure to replace the sick person’s toothbrush to prevent recurring illness.
Spring is just around the corner. Becoming totally germ-free isn’t possible, but by educating yourself and taking precaution, you can stay healthy until then.