Generally speaking, viruses stay active for only a few hours, but certain forms of bacteria can keep alive for several weeks.

Although many people treat money as a cesspool of germs, the truth is that based on the average number of people a dollar bill has exchanged hands with over two weeks, which isn’t exceptionally large, it’s likely you’ll encounter more live germs on the door handle to the store you walk into or the counter of the fast-food restaurant you touch than the money itself.

People are everywhere. They’ve taken over the planet. There’s no way to completely avoid their germs. Germs don’t seem to be any more prevalent on money than they are on other common surfaces.

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