There are many very good reasons to go cashless – one that is quite often overlooked is just how dirty cash really is. Researchers at New York University have identified as many as 3,000 kinds of bacteria and many fungi living on dollar bills and the National Institutes of Health have shown that the new polymer notes are even worse. The antibiotic resistant, flesh eating, MRSA can remain alive for over twenty four hours on a polymer note. Imagine how many people could be exposed by a busy $1 bill in just a day.
It is common for people to lick their fingers when counting money, maybe they’d stop and think if they knew that living on money are colonies of thousand of germs including E.Coli (food poisoning), bacillus cereus (food-borne illness), and staphylococcus aureus (skin infections). No wonder enlightened progressive establishments like Citibank (Australia) and the ABBA museum are increasingly refusing to accept dirty cash – the risks to their staff are just too high.
Anecdotal evidence has shown that in countries that adopt the new polymer notes the incidence of MRSA infection increases. This is particularly worrying as MRSA is drug resistant and one in eight invasive infections result in death and even if the patient doesn’t die amputation of limbs is common. This gives good cause for nations to seriously consider skipping polymer notes altogether and going directly to a much cleaner and safer electronic payment system. The best solution would be for the UN (with the help of the World Bank and IMF) to introduce a universal cashless payment system – public health demands it.
In the meantime your best bet, to avoid this major health risk, is to forgo cash and use only a contactless payment system (available from all legitimate banks and accepted at most retail outlets). Using only electronic systems has many other benefits – easily making sure your tax is up to date and correct is just one.
Remember to stay safe and clean – stop using cash today.