Germs on Your Money

Germs on Your Money

 

By Elton Camp  



Who can know where your money has been

Was stuffed into shorts at a male stripper den

Or the prostitute stuffed it away safely hid

As of her Venereal Disease John she got rid



Oh, you say my money’s never been such places

But still, of germs and viruses it may have traces

Actually, of careful studies there have been few

And more are needed to know what is really true



In 1972, the AMA studied both coins and bills

Their findings could easily enough give chills

On 13 percent of coins, harmful germs were found

And 42 percent of bank notes also had them around



A University of California study is cause for care,

Finding Staphylococcus aureus and E. coli there

Making it even worse, pathogens such as these

Come from nasal mucus and from human feces



But to cause disease, even threats like those

Require that we scratch our eyes or our nose

Mother knew the best bet for us to stay well

“Always wash your hands,” is what she’d tell. 




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How great is the risk and how can we reduce it?
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