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Belagavi girls reveal currency notes affects health

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Two young girls from Standard 8 of Kendriya Vidyalaya No.2, Camp, Belagavi have done extensive research and found out that one can face more serious health issues due to the use of Currency notes.

Prarthana Kulkarni and Khushi Angolkar’s research ‘Currency notes-a contagion’ has found out that the currency notes one keeps in the wallets and pocket have very harmful bacteria attached to it.

Their research work was presented at the National Children’s Science Congress(NCSC) Regional Level Competition held in Bengaluru. Their project has now been selected for the national level competition. The research also emphasizes the need to adapt the cashless transactions format so that it becomes safer.  As the group leader Khushi Angolkar will be going to Kanpur where the National level competition will be held from December 3 to 5.

Prarthana Kulkarni and Khushi AngolkarPrarthana Kulkarni and Khushi Angolkar

 The research was conducted for over three months on 12 currency notes of various denominations which were randomly collected from the market. 

Illness due to non-washing of hands is very common and in the market, it is a common scene that vendors counting currency notes by hands using their mouth saliva. Many are unaware that harmful bacteria’s settle on the notes after mouth saliva is applied to it while counting. Severe health issues could arise when these bacteria’s enter the human body.

The findings showed that notes were contaminated with Pseudomonas and Staphylococcus species which are infectious. They are carriers of a pathogen and potential mode of transmission of disease. The Lower denomination of currency note had more bacterial colonies as compared to higher denominations.

The best way to avoid infections from such bacteria would be the use of cashless transactions.

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7 COMMENTS

  1. Congrats to the girls of KV Belgaum Cantt. I can see two scientists in making. All the best for both of them. Truly inspirational.

  2. Good job, but not only notes…even mobiles..people have a very bad habit of using phones while eating, checking msgs, again eating, and of course the TV remote too is also infectious

  3. tHIS CERTAINLY TRUE BECAUSE i WORK IN CASH CENTER WHERE CASH IS PROCESSED IN LARGE COBRA NOTE PROCESSING MACHINES. AFTER RUNNING FOR FIVE TO SIX HOURS WHEN THE MACHINE IS CLEANED WITH THE BLOWER YOU CAN SEE THE VERY FINE DUST OF NOTES BLOWS FROM THE MACHINES. WE USE ALL THE PPE (PERSONAL PROTECT EQUIPMENT) WHILE ON WORK.OUR HSE DEPARTMENT MAKE US AWARE ABOUT HOW TO AVOID DANGER TO HEALTH.

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