ATMs dispense more than money: The dirt and dope that’s on your cash

ATMs dispense more than money: The dirt and dope that’s on

ATMs dispense more than money: The dirt and dope that’s on your cash Even if disease-causing microbes can survive in places like ATMs, the good news is that most exposures don’t make us sick

ATMs dispense more than money: The dirt and dope that’s on

ATMs dispense more than money: The dirt and dope that’s on your cash ATMs dispense more than money: The dirt and dope that’s on your cash Even if disease-causing microbes can survive

ATMs dispense more than money: The dirt and dope that’s on

Even if our money is not directly responsible for spreading disease, we can still use the dollar’s travel history to track how we spread disease in other ways.

ATMs dispense more than money: The dirt and dope that’s on

Although we don’t know the extent to which money allows diseases to spread, mom’s advice is probably best when handling cash: Wash your hands and don’t stick it in your mouth. Johanna Ohm, Graduate Student in Biology, Pennsylvania State University. This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

ATMs Dispense More Than Money: The Dirt and Dope That’s on

ATMs Dispense More Than Money: The Dirt and Dope That’s on Your Cash By Johanna Ohm and Andrew Read • 06/22/17 9:08am Those keypads are teeming with microbes.

ATMs dispense more than money: The dirt and dope that’s on

Although we don’t know the extent to which money allows diseases to spread, mom’s advice is probably best when handling cash: Wash your hands and don’t stick it in your mouth.

ATMs dispense more than money: the dirt and dope that’s on

Bacteria that cause food-borne illness — including salmonella and a pathogenic strain of E.coli — have been shown to survive on pennies, nickels and dimes and can hide out on ATM machines.

ATMs dispense more than money: The dirt and dope that’s on

ATMs dispense more than money: The dirt and dope that’s on your cash What’s on your cash? Studies show our money carries everything from pet DNA and old food to E.coli and traces of cocaine.

ATM’s dispense more than money: The dirt and dope that’s

A similar study recovered traces of DNA on ATM keypads, reflecting the foods people ate in different neighborhoods. People in central Harlem ate more domestic chicken than those in Flushing and Chinatown, who ate more species of bony fish and mollusks.

ATMs dispense more than money: The dirt and dope that’s on

ATMs dispense more than money: The dirt and dope that’s on your cash A man withdraws Australian fifty dollar notes from an ATM machine. (iStockphoto/Getty Images)

ATMs dispense more than money: The dirt and dope that’s on

ATMs dispense more than money: The dirt and dope that’s on your cash What’s on your cash? Studies show our money carries everything from pet DNA and old food to E.coli and traces of cocaine.