The next time you pull out a credit card....Check your hands!

Dec 06, 2012 -- 5:49pm

The next time you pull out a credit card or a $20 bill, you should also pull out some hand sanitizer. Money and credit cards have been shown to contain fecal bacteria, according to a study from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and Queen Mary, University of London. The researchers found that 28 percent of all specimens were contaminated with more than 50 colony-forming units of bacteria in a two-squared centimeter area. Specifically, 10 percent of credit cards and 14 percent of cash bills were coated with fecal organisms. Even though you may wash your hands after using the restroom, others may not be as diligent. So when you hand your credit card to cashiers, their unwashed hands can transmit germs to your credit card. Cash bills have been everywhere, so it's no surprise they are covered in bacteria. So, wash your hands frequently, especially after using the restroom. Clean your credit and debit cards with a sanitizing wipe. Carry hand sanitizer with you when you shop so you can clean your hands after paying for a purchase.

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