The Real Meaning Of Dirty Money

No-one really likes to get their hands dirty, but we do that on a daily basis in more ways than one. I guess I wasn’t too surprised to read yesterday that money, apart from being the root of all evil, is also one of the filthiest things we handle day to day. Oxford University scientists carried out a series of tests on our money to find just how many bacteria the average banknote holds, and the results are surprising.

Dirty Money

Dirty Money

When asked, most people were of the opinion that money was dirty and spread disease, but now the full extent is known. You have no idea how many people have handled that £10 or €10 note you carry in your pocket, it is most likely tens of thousands for an older note. It could have been handled by everyone from a housewife to a sewage worker, and you will never know.

Gives New Meaning To 'Money Laundering!"

Gives New Meaning To ‘Money Laundering!”

The research, carried out across many European nations led to some startling conclusions. For example, Denmark has the dirtiest money in the whole of Europe with 40,266 different bacteria found on notes. The Euro was the cleanest with only 11,066 bacteria strains found. In between came the Swiss franc, the Russian ruble, The Polish zlotys, the UK pound, and the Norwegian krone in that order. On bank notes, bacteria like Klebsiella (which causes respiratory, urinary and wound infections) and Enterobacter species, which can cause disease were found, not that I have ever heard of either.

Money has so far not made me sick, in fact, I would not mind having a great deal more of it, just to test the theory of course! But for all those hypochondriacs out there I have this simple message – wear rubber gloves, or better still,  start paying everything with the card and wipe it clean after each use. That way you will only have your own germs to deal with.

Roy.

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