There are several ways in which money serves as a vehicle for the transmission of disease causing organisms. This is fueled largely by human practices, cultures and habits some of which have been around for centuries.
- Money in the Brazier or Underpants.
Disease causing microorganism can gain entry into our body through direct contact with soft tissues and other vulnerable parts of the body. The practice of hiding or placing money, keys, mobile phones or any other material in underpants, boxers, braziers and other areas that puts currency notes in direct contact with our skin is a potential hazard and significantly increases the risk of disease and infection especially for women who are breast feeding. In addition these increase pressure often lead to pendulous Breasts.
- Placing Money in Contact with Food or Drugs
Majority of the microorganisms that are transmitted to us from currencies enter our system through our food. Turning a food or drug storage container into a cash vault is an unhealthy practice. The separation of food(raw or cooked) from cash and regular washing before and after eating is an essential if you don’t want to be infected with microorganism found of currencies.
- Saliva Lubrication In Money Counting
The practice of lubricating the fingers tips with saliva from the mouth (tongue) while counting money is a very unhealthy practice because it significantly increases the risk of disease and infection as a result of the direct contact with disease causing organisms. Although the saliva is a potent microbial agent it can be easily by-passed by some disease causing organisms leading to the development of an infection or disease.
- Hiding Money In The Toilet
Turning your toilet into a cash vault effectively transforms the money you give out from these pseudo vaults into disease causing currencies. Feacal contamination has been listed as the major source of the enteric bacteria found on currencies.in addition, Keeping cash away from diaper changing area and areas that a prone to feacal contamination is an effective way to prevent feacal contamination of currencies.
- Close Proximity To Currency Counters
In economies that depend largely on cash transactions, this is a big issue not just for customers who bring in large volume of cash but also the bank workers who handle this ‘’tsunami” of currencies daily. Standing close to an operational currency counter increases the risk of being infected with disease causing organisms been propelled into the surrounding air by the currency counter.
- Babies And Children
Leaving money with kids to play with is not a wise idea. This is because for babies and toddlers everything they come in contact with ends up in the mouth. The child could easily become infected with any disease causing microorganism on the currency.It is therefore important to keep money especially dirty money far away from these vulnerable ones
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