937. Don’t put your purse on the floor!

Apparently your money will run away from you…

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  1. Jan Beaujon

    It’s true, your money will “run away” because you could very well become very ill.
    == One ABC News investigation revealed that most purses contain tens of thousands of germs. Half of the bags tested in the experiment were positive for coliform bacteria, indicating the possible presence of human or animal waste .

    How can this happen? Think about it — women place their purses in public bathrooms, including on floors where bodily fluids may spill; on public transportation, such as bus and train floors; and on fast-food counters, floors, and chairs, all of which contain potentially harmful germs, notes Deepti Chauhan, MD, an infectious disease specialist at Loyola University Health System in Maywood, Ill. “Public bathroom floors are the worst offender for creating dirty purses,” she adds.

    The germs most likely to live on your purse? “Primarily bacteria, including staph and E. coli species, which can result in infections,” says Susan Stuart, MD, a dermatologist at La Jolla Dermatology in California. Fungus and mold can also live on purses.

    And it’s not just the outside that’s dirty, says Carol Weingarten, PhD, RN, an associate professor at the Villanova University College of Nursing in Pennsylvania. “Cell phones, wallets, eyeglasses, tissues — sometimes used — business cards, pens, makeup, credit cards, and money are all sources of germs,” she explains. ==

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