Paper Bills

@carolbee (16231)
United States
January 25, 2008 8:38am CST
I'm a cashier and recently there was a study done on money, paper bills, and viruses. It seems that a virus will stay on a bill for approximately three days. Coughing or sneezing while holding the bill can be a good reason the bills are contaminated. The first thing I do when I get home or before I leave work is wash my hands with very hot water. I'm a big hand washer anyway. Do you wash your hands after handling money? Think about how many of us go through a drive-thru at a fast food restaurant and then eat.
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@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
25 Jan 08
I carry a small bottle of hand sanitizer in my purse and use it often, not just handling money but shopping carts, door handles, anything that a lot of people handle. When out and about alot like at the park or someplace I'll actually stick the bottle in my pants or sweater pocket so its handy.
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@carolbee (16231)
• United States
25 Jan 08
Great idea. Can't ever be too safe especially during flu season. Thanks for responding.
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@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
25 Jan 08
I'm not sure why but for years I've had this thing about the handles on shopping carts - I really wish the stores would make it policy to clean the handles at least when their brought back into the store or 'put in the line'. But I haven't seen any that do so I either push the carts with my shirt sleeves, will use my wrists rather than my hands (I don't want to touch the handles and then my face), and always sanitize as soon as I've finished shopping.
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@carolbee (16231)
• United States
25 Jan 08
Am sure there is some sort of spray the stores could use to sanitize the carts. Guess they can't be bothered.
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@ersmommy1 (12596)
• United States
26 Jan 08
Yep, I have thought about it. It gives me the icks. Thats why I carry a mini bottle of hand sanitizer in my purse. Comes in handy with a four year old too. Our local grocery has started dispensing sanitizing cloths for the carts too. It's a good idea.
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@carolbee (16231)
• United States
26 Jan 08
I think your grocery store is on the right track. Wish other stores followed this good practice. Thinking about all the germs that are on the handle of a cart makes me want to get home and wash my hands before I put the groceries away and I do this on a regular basis. Thanks for responding.
@leeesa (885)
• United States
26 Jan 08
I work at a bank and our tellers have waterless hand sanitizer at their windows. Fortunately I work behind the scenes in IT, so I don't have to deal with customers coughing in my face or exchanging dirty money and checks. It freaks me out when I see people in public restrooms who don't wash their hands too! I don't want to think about the fast food thing. That will make me sick!
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@carolbee (16231)
• United States
26 Jan 08
I know many many people who go through drive-thru, including one of my kids, and eat fries while they drive away. It's something to think about! So you are shielded from the active germs surviving on money. That's a good thing. Thanks for responding.
@jillhill (37379)
• United States
25 Jan 08
I am one of those that carries the hand sanitizer in their purse! I have also handled money and seen where someone will sneeze or cough then hand you the money! Yuck!
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@carolbee (16231)
• United States
25 Jan 08
I see that too where I work. Many of the customers are kids on Friday nights. I do make sure to keep my hands clean and away from my mouth as I handle lots of money. Thanks for responding.
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@tyc415 (5706)
• United States
25 Jan 08
Hand sanitizer is real nice to carry in the car for just those things. I have always thought of money as full of germs. When I worked at our local race track and we would have big events I would have to work the ticket booth and certain events I would bring in thousands of dollars but when it slowed down you can bet that I was cleaning my hands over and over.
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@carolbee (16231)
• United States
25 Jan 08
I work at an indoor ice skating rink tonight and a golf course. All I do is handle money. We do have hand sanitizer now so I take advantage of it. I handle people's shoes and ice skates. It can be nasty...lol Thanks for responding.
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@ctrymuziklvr (11059)
• United States
25 Jan 08
Debit cards are the best way to go.... - debit cards
I so seldom use cash for anything that I don't worry about it. Being a cashier in a local store I've noticed that I'm not the only one. With technology the way it is we dont' even have to touch someone else's debit/credit card because they just put it in the machine. Cash seldom changes hands here but I do wash my hands as soon as I get home from work anyway.
@carolbee (16231)
• United States
25 Jan 08
You have a very safe method. The only way to be safe and sure is to wash hands before eating anything. I think most people do this on a regular basis. Thanks for responding.
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
26 Jan 08
You better believe I wash my hands after handling money. That is the dirtest and germy thing around. Because it goes through so many people. You can also get infintecgo a disease from handling money. Its a red rash and it looks like poison ivy. So keep washing those hands!LOL
@carolbee (16231)
• United States
26 Jan 08
Am glad I picked up this handwashing habit many years ago. Learned it from my father. Thanks for responding.
• Philippines
26 Jan 08
eeewwwwwwwwwwwwwww.. money is one of the contaminant which travel viruses to other persons eww.. i will not handle anymore hehehe kidding aside.. your right dude money are so full of virus and its a good thing that you wash your hane after your work and before you play with your little sister or brother.. if you have.. its a godd habbit to wash our hands before going home and bed..
@carolbee (16231)
• United States
26 Jan 08
Handwashing is a great habit to get into especially if anything is near the mouth or eyes. Thanks for responding.
@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
27 Apr 08
I rarely handle cash anymore but if I do I tend to wash my hands afterwards. It may not help much but it's better than doing nothing. **AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~