Credit Card Germs: 1 of 10 of cards has fecal bacteria

Here is what a Cleveland Clinic ID specialist has to say: "You know all that money you're spending over the holidays? It's jam-packed with germs. So keep your hands clean and your credit cards wiped down. Avoid touching your eyes and mouth when out shopping."



What are the 8 germiest places in the mall?

The 8 germiest places in the mall, according to CNN, are:

1. Restroom sinks
2. Food court tables
3. Escalator handrails
4. ATM keypads
5. Toy stores
6. Fitting rooms
7. Gadget shops
8. Makeup samples

The filthiest area in a restroom (and therefore in the whole mall) isn't the toilet handle or the doorknob - it's the sink. The sink area is a moist environment, so bacteria can survive longer there.

Researchers found food, E. coli, urine, mucus, feces, and blood on escalator handrails. Where there is mucus, you may also find cold and flu viruses.

Each key on an ATM contains, on average, 1,200 germs. Protect yourself: "Knuckle" ATM buttons.

References:

The 8 germiest places in the mall. CNN.
12 Germiest Places in America According to Health Magazine
Dirty Money and Credit Card Germs - Health Hub from Cleveland Clinic http://bit.ly/TRLSoQ

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