OVER half of people in the UK think money is the filthiest item they touch and their fears are founded, according to new research.
Out of 1,000 Europeans surveyed by MasterCard, 83% believe handling cash is dirty while 54% of Britons think escalator handrails and library books are cleaner than money.
On average, European banknotes and coins contain 26,000 bacteria while UK currency has 18,200 bacteria. New currency only has 2,400 bacteria.
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