Posted 9:05 AM 6/6/2013 : Should you follow the five second rule?
TUCSON - Germs are everywhere but for some reason, when comes to our favorite snack, many of us decide to ignore that fact. Some of us call it the five second rule.
"There is no real five second rule. you know, if you have a sandwich and it lands in dog poop it's going to get contaminated. There is no five second rule," said Dr. Charles Gerba, a microbiology professor at the U of A.
But you might become ‘germaphobic' when you hear what contaminates the food as soon as it hits the floor.
"93 percent of all shoes have fecal bacteria on the bottom. OK? So you're tracking that around all the time, you're tracking germs from the bottom of the restroom floor right into your household," said Gerba.
Dr. Gerba says this is how many common infections are spread. The five second rule is especially dangerous for elderly people and young children.
"Are you going to get ill because of this? Well, probably not. Most of the time you're not but you're always gambling with germs and the whole idea is to keep the odds in your favor not the germ's favor," said Gerba.
Dr. Gerba says you should not only be worried about the dirty floor. He says the kitchen sink has more fecal bacteria than a toilet after it's flushed.
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