The next time you stop by an ATM to pick up money, realize that cash may not be the only thing you pick up. A new study out of the U.K. finds ATMs and public toilets carry the same bacteria that can cause sickness and diarrhea.
This is creepy but it's good to know and keeping ourselves guarded from getting sick after doing a bank transaction on that green machine. Keep safe.
"We were surprised by our results because the ATM machines were shown to be heavily contaminated with bacteria," said Dr. Richard Hastings, microbiologist for BioCote, in an article by The Telegraph. "The bacteria we detected on ATMs were similar to those from the toilet."
Experts took swabs from the numeric keypads on ATMs in downtown cores around England and then took swabs from nearby public toilet seats. After leaving both swabs overnight, the sets were found to contain bacterias pseudomonads and bacillus.
BioCote, which makes an antibacterial product coating, conducted the tests after a survey revealed Brits think public toilets are the biggest health risk. Public toilets ranked as the dirtiest places in the country, but cash machines only ranked 10th.
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