posted on Jul, 30 2009 @ 04:42 PM
I've worked Cash Vault for several Banks before, handling in excess of 3-4 Million dollars in paper currency a day. Money is very dirty. The fibers
of US Currency is able to hold a large quantity of dirt, oil, bacteria, drugs, and far worse things. Matter of fact, although the Influenza virus can
only survive no longer than 5 minutes on your skin, it can live up to 15 days in the fibers of paper currency! However, Escherichia coli,
Staphylococcus aureus, Bacillus cereus, and Salmonella are far more likely to be found in significant quantities in paper currency.
On the positive side, the metals found in coins are actually quite sterile.
Needless to say, I never licked my fingers while handling currency...nor would I ever consider doing such.
And I guess for people who lick their fingers when turning pages, that's why medieval monks would put Vitriol on the pages of cherished manuscripts!
Maybe we should consider doing the same today.
Seriously, if your fingers lack the proper amount of oils to provide enough of a grip on the paper then at least use a moist sponge, or an adhesive,
or even finger condoms.