5 Diseases You Can Catch From the ATM


germs on the atmSo it's someone's job to go around swabbing ATM machines and toilets and comparing the results. Be thankful it's not yours. Because these guys discovered that a key pad on the ATM carries more infectious diseases than a public toilet. Didn't see that coming, did ya?

Yep, it's time to start wiping down the key pad before you enter your digits. And screw that guy behind you who's in a hurry. His lunch can wait, because germs have got nothing but time.

But they don't tell us exactly what we're going to get when we go to get a twenty. So in that case, I'm just going to assume these are the most common ailments you can expect to take home with your receipt.

  1. The Trots
  2. The Flu (maybe even the Swine kind!)
  3. Herpes
  4. Common Cold
  5. Shopoholicism

Just because you've avoided these germs thus far, don't think you're safe forever. In fact, I'm thinking that a great boutique business would be some kind of ATM pad cover, not unlike those crazy shopping cart seat covers people buy to protect their babies from killer grocery store germs. Fingertip covers, anyone? It's either that or carrying a can of Lysol with you whenever you need babysitter money.

In the meantime you should really be aware that your money is just as dirty as the bank it comes from.

Are you going to start sanitizing the ATM before you use it?

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Lynette Lynette

I use hand sanitizer after using the ATM

PonyC... PonyChaser

THey already make a cover-like thing.  They're called "Finger Cots", but most of us call them "finger condoms".  I think people should just wear them ALL the time.  Just go ahead and roll them on, because EVERY SURFACE YOU TOUCH has some sort of germ on it!!!

Meanwhile, I think you're onto something, April... there's a massive (and silent) Shopoholicism epidemic in this country.  You've just stumbled upon the source!  ATM Keypads!!

melly... mellygraham

every single thing you touch, that someone else touches is going to have germs. 

Lokis... LokisMama

Ahhhh, Germs!

They're turning us into a country of germaphobes, and I for one think it's rediculus.  We only worry about this stuff because *gasp*  we can actually see them.  And you wonder why people have such shitty immune systems.

Tempe... TempestRayne

uh, Herpes? seriously? God, help us. now i may just start carrying lysol spray.

Carrie Colvin

It was a happy day when they supplied wipes for shopping carts. They should have them next to ATM.

lkm091 lkm091

I'm with you Tempest.. germs are one thing, but HERPES is a whole new ballgame!

Sarah... SarahHall58

How about just increasing handwashing all together. You can get those diseases from walking around outside. Wash your hands people!

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Hank McCoy

Shopoholicism is obviously the most dangerous of those things. Not to mention your cell phone typically carries more germs and bacteria than the public toilet. You may even want to check your steering wheel. It's not just the atm machines, but do be sure to carry hand sanitizer with you.

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