Beware: 4 ways to stay disease-free when visiting the ATM, because they are full of germs!

Learn how your should prepare yourself to minimise the healthy risk posed by bacteria laden ATMs.

Meenakshi Chaudhary
Mind BodyWritten by: Meenakshi ChaudharyPublished at: Nov 18, 2016
Beware: 4 ways to stay disease-free when visiting the ATM, because they are full of germs!

Since the announcement of demonetisation, seeing people standing in long queues have become a common scenario these days. You are among the lucky ones if you have the privilege of debit cards and online banking because most of the people are spending even their Sunday queueing up outside banks and ATM. While this ordeal does not seem to end anytime soon, brace yourself for another one. No, the government has nothing to do with it, yet the news is related to ATM.


Germs at ATM

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You might want to wash your hands right after withdrawing the cash from the automated teller machine (ATM). That’s because it is contaminated with bacteria from spoiled food to parasites that may result in sexually transmitted diseases, says a new study.  The study claims that ATM keypads represent a specific and unexplored microhabitat for microbial communities.

Researchers are hoping that the DNA taken from ATM keypads may therefore provide a record of both human behaviour and environmental sources of microbes.

As per the study, the most common identified sources of microbes on the keypads were from household surfaces such as televisions, restrooms and kitchens and pillows. The researchers suggested, residual DNA from a meal may remain on a person’s hand and may get transferred on using ATM keypad.


Here is what you can do to stay healthy and disease free when visiting the ATM

  • Wash your hands after every use
  • Use sanitiser before and after touching the ATM keypads
  • Use gloves if you don't have sanitiser handy
  • Avoid touching your face after ATM visit


So, if you are planning to visit an ATM or if the cash crush has forced you to do so, you should keep a pocket sanitiser handy. Also make sure you don't touch any surface unless you need to. So keep your debit card ready and follow these tips and you will be safe from any unwanted health hazard.


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