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Re: Is using money Unsafe for Health?
« Reply #15 on: December 02, 2011, 03:20:19 PM »
People hate change. To blame cocaine use on a change in licensing laws is funny, though. By that logic, the Swedes should have a low alcohol/cocaine consumption and the Russians a high alcohol/cocaine consumption. Mmmm. Maybe not :D

Is "Cocaine is everywhere. It's a drug we see all over the place." a way to say "I failed dramatically in my job"? Or is The Telegraph entertaining its readers, rather than informing them? Or both? :)

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Re: Is using money Unsafe for Health?
« Reply #16 on: December 02, 2011, 05:14:13 PM »
Not just The Telegraph but several other British (and few other European)  newspapers have published same story today. :o

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Re: Is using money Unsafe for Health?
« Reply #17 on: October 13, 2012, 09:22:05 AM »
After India, Ghana, Czechoslovakia and UK, it's Singapore's turn now. :D

Banknotes, coins have bacteria that causes food poisoning: Study

Published on Oct 13, 2012

It might be safer to give the right amount of money to food sellers, and not get back any change from them.

A local study has found two types of bacteria on currency notes and coins obtained from a local canteen. The bacteria found are of the S. aureus and B. cereus species, which are among the most common bacteria types that lead to food poisoning.

The canteen cannot be named due to an agreement it has with the researchers.

Ten two-dollar notes, five one-dollar coins and five 10-cent coins were acquired from the canteen on a day in July for the Lifebuoy Germ Protection Study. Conducted by an independent microbiology laboratory, it found both the notes and coins had bacteria, though the amount was not measured.

Source: Straits Times
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Re: Is using money Unsafe for Health?
« Reply #18 on: October 13, 2012, 02:30:52 PM »
There are bacteria all over everything virtually all the time. That includes the inside of my mouth and gastrointestinal tract. In fact, if there weren't, I'd have some monster gas pains. So what if [insert hyper-deadly pathogen of choice] has been found on coins and notes? When was the last time you ate one of either?

The whole post linked to above bears re-reading. According to a study I read some time ago, the filthiest thing your body is confronted with is not banknotes, but the often washed, neatly folded piece of textile used to mop up small bits of food fallen on kitchen benchtops. The same study found that your best chance of eating human excrement is by eating salty crackers and nuts provided by thoughtful bar owners (unless they thought of a spoon for scooping them out of their bowl.) The authors also had amusing things to say about toilet tap knobs and door knobs (you know, the things you handle AFTER washing your hands.

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Re: Is using money Unsafe for Health?
« Reply #19 on: October 20, 2012, 01:46:47 AM »
And another "Filthy Lucre" study ...
http://www.qmul.ac.uk/media/news/items/se/85711.html

RESEARCH SHOWS MONEY AND CREDIT CARDS CONTAIN FAECAL MATTER
Monday 15 October 2012
One in 10 bank cards and one in seven notes are contaminated with faecal organisms, research from Queen Mary, University of London has revealed.


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Re: Is using money Unsafe for Health?
« Reply #20 on: October 20, 2012, 07:26:22 AM »
Check out this recent article in the BBC:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-19834975

Our ancestors were cave dwellers, they ate half-raw meat, and yet survived relatively long.  In India, small children in slums live on filthy streets.  I think our bodies are sufficiently strong to fight off bacteria from dirty notes.  Our stomachs are full of hydrochloric acid at a pH level close to 3.  Very few bacteria or germs can survive that.  I think we are quite safe from the deadly banknotes. 
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Re: Is using money Unsafe for Health?
« Reply #21 on: March 26, 2013, 08:23:48 AM »
Just been reading a Danish news article about bacterias on money
the most dirthy money is from China , and then the Danish money closely followed by the india ruppee
on the danish money there where over 40.000 bacteria ( enough to get a infection )

the cleanest money and most contemenated money was found in switserland

the article in danish can be found here

http://www.dr.dk/Nyheder/Indland/2013/03/26/0326063755.htm?rss=true

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Re: Is using money Unsafe for Health?
« Reply #22 on: March 26, 2013, 10:08:45 AM »
Translated from Danish: there is no news, so we have found some old non-issue and printed that :)

Bacteria are everywhere, including on our favourite food. Coins are no exception, however some metals and alloys, like copper, bronze and nordic gold have weak anti-bacterial properties, so by and large, coins are cleaner than, say, handles of toilet doors or bar food.

It is vastly more important to note that some people have allergies for certain metals, often used in coins, notably zinc. To put that in perspective, a US medical institution has reported a death due to zinc allergy of a person who had swallowed 400 coins. A complicated way to commit suicide.

If this is the level of danger coins pose, there is no danger.

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Re: Is using money Unsafe for Health?
« Reply #23 on: March 26, 2013, 11:10:29 AM »
Next thing they discover will be that there are traces of drugs on banknotes. ;D

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Re: Is using money Unsafe for Health?
« Reply #24 on: March 26, 2013, 11:51:34 AM »
Next thing they discover will be that there are traces of drugs on banknotes. ;D

Christian

This would then translate to bacterias in drugs , makes taking drugs dangerous :)

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Re: Is using money Unsafe for Health?
« Reply #25 on: March 27, 2013, 07:27:23 AM »
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Re: Is using money Unsafe for Health?
« Reply #27 on: April 25, 2014, 03:25:26 PM »
Got acne? Stop using paper money. ;)

The Dirty Money Project researchers at New York University have found about 3,000 kinds of bacteria on US $1 bills. Here are two recent articles about the study:

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303456104579489510784385696 (Wall Street Journal, 18 April)
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/dirty-money-your-cash-is-home-to-thousands-of-bacteria/ (CBS News, 24 April)

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Is using money Unsafe for Health?
« Reply #28 on: August 16, 2015, 02:43:17 PM »
Pathogens on banknotes linked to skin diseases

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An average Indian currency note roughly has eukaryotic species such as fungi (70%), bacterial populations (9%) and viruses (1%).

The currency notes in your wallet could be the carriers of pathogens that may leave you grappling with skin diseases, gastro-intestinal infections and even tuberculosis, a research has found.

An average Indian currency note roughly has eukaryotic species such as fungi (70%), bacterial populations (9%) and viruses (1%), according to a research by Centre for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (IGIB).

“We identified 78 pathogens, including Staphylococcus aureus, Enterococcus faecalis. Our analysis also suggests a significant diversity in the microbial population on paper currency notes and presence of antibiotic resistance genes,” said S. Ramchandran, principal scientist at the IGIB.

The pathogens on the currency notes can lead to several skin diseases, fungal and gastro-intestinal infections, respiratory disorders and even tuberculosis, the paper said.

Samples were collected in sterile plastic bags from random spots such as street vendors, grocery shops, snack bars, canteen, tea shops, hardware shops, chemists, etc. across the Delhi metropolitan area. The samples mostly comprised notes of Rs 10, 20 and 100 denominations as they are widely used.

“We are already using plastic money (credit and debit cards) but their use is still not in widespread. One must follow hygienic practices and sanitise hands after handling currency notes to avoid any kind of infection,” Mr. Ramchandran added.

Source: The Hindu
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Re: Is using money Unsafe for Health?
« Reply #29 on: December 03, 2015, 05:14:45 AM »
So far no Pandemic caused by currency.