As educated citizens we are expected to be aware about cleanliness and hygiene to be free from diseases created by bacteria and germs. However no matter how careful we remain we always manage to get infected repeatedly by virus, bacteria and germs! So how are the germs finding a way into our bodies?
You are not shaking hands with a fish-seller at the fish market, or with the toilet-cleaner who cleans your washroom. You are careful enough to clean your hand when you think you have had a hold of something infected. But still you are on the verge of the threat by various diseases created by germs.
The reason is money. You are exposed to germs and bacteria everytime you come in contact with money. Money is such a thing which is obviously one of the most frequently passed on items in the world. A study found the traces of bacteria including Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, and Vancomycin- Resistant Enterococci (VRE) on banknotes from different countries.
There are clear cut and concrete proofs which suggest that the transaction of money is one of the major reasons of the transmission of bacteria among people who come in contact with the infected banknotes.
The influenza virus can survive on paper money for 10 or more days — suggesting that when we shop, spend and bank, there’s more than cash that is changing hands. The cash in your pocket may be contaminated with so much bacteria that it can easily make you sick.
The money from the rickshaw puller, the hospital nurse, the municipality drain cleaner, the fish or meat seller are coming directly to you, with no visible sign that the money was coming from a source highly threatened to be infected by germs. You touch the money, you shake hands with germs, and thus you let the germs enter into you.
So indeed germs come free with money.
So, when you are taking bank notes from someone, you are happy. But, be careful readers, may be you are taking something else-unpleasant and unwanted- besides money from recipients.