Handling your credit card is about as sanitary as dipping your fingers in a dirty toilet bowl, according to new study from the Brits.
Researchers at the University of London found that 1 in 10 credit and debit cards contained fecal bacteria. Eight percent of cards showed "gross contamination," meaning they carried as much bacteria as you'd find in an unscrubbed potty, the study found. Green, hard cash didn't fare much better. One in 7 carried poopy material, while 6 percent showed gross contamination.
All this made for dirtier hands. More than a quarter of hands had fecal matter, including the bacteria E. coli, and 11 percent of hands were as icky as an unwashed commode, the study showed.
Researchers said the results highlighted the need to wash your hands, especially after visiting the john. It could be prudent to wipe down your debit and credit cards every now and again, too, with a sanitizing wipe.
The study had 272 participants, which offered up their hands, cards and money for testing.
Do you wipe your credit cards? Will you now?
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