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Antimicrobial debit cards, purse polymers, and phone surfaces

There are antimicrobial polymers, there might be antiviral polymers, make money cards, purse and wallet exteriors, and phone surfaces out of them
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This might be too obvious to be an idea, but,

There are antimicrobial polymers [link], there might be antiviral polymers, make money cards, purse and wallet exteriors, and phone surfaces out of them. I touch my phone many times per day, and pass money cards back and forth.

beanangel, Mar 12 2020

antimicrobial polymers at wikipedia https://en.wikipedi...timicrobial_polymer
[beanangel, Mar 12 2020]

antiviral is copper @ vice.com https://www.vice.co...-isnt-it-everywhere
[Mindey, Mar 18 2020]

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       // money cards, purse and wallet exteriors, //   

       Doesn't that come into the category of money laundering ?
8th of 7, Mar 13 2020
  

       {plays laugh track}
pertinax, Mar 13 2020
  

       Would we not be breeding resistant bacteria? Or, are there substances so bactericidic like alcohol, that don't create such risk? [+]
Mindey, Mar 13 2020
  

       In this case, breeding resistant microbes might be a good outcome.   

       No, bear with me here;
1. We don't currently rely on antimicrobial polymers to cure us when we're ill.
2. All of evolution involves trade-offs.
Therefore
3. If we pressurise microbe populations into developing features which protect them against our new killer polymers, this may come at the expense of those features which protect them against our immune systems and antibiotics.
  

       NB: the reasoning above is a priori, and is entirely free of any direct evidentiary basis.
pertinax, Mar 13 2020
  

       Have you ever considered running for public office [pert] ? It's a shoo-in ...
8th of 7, Mar 13 2020
  

       Yes. But that's another story.
pertinax, Mar 13 2020
  

       These days, some-one will complain no matter what you do...
Imagine the protests:
"SAVE THE MICROBES!"
"MICROBES ARE PEOPLE TOO!"
neutrinos_shadow, Mar 15 2020
  

       Virus Rights
pocmloc, Mar 18 2020
  

       How soon before individual base-pairs start getting rights ? Ridiculous as that sounds, it's only .... oh, wait, it's already happened.
8th of 7, Mar 18 2020
  
      
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