Study: The Five Second Rule May Be True

STAUNTON, Va. - According to researchers at a University in England, the good ole' five second rule might actually be true.

Researchers at Aston University looked at the transfer of bacteria on different floor types and foods between 3 and 30 seconds.

The researchers concluded that time is a big factor in the transfer of floor bacteria to food.

We wanted to test the theory ourselves by getting a second opinion. We spoke with a nurse at Mary Baldwin College who says it's necessary people still be cautious.

"Anything that comes in contact with anything that's in a high volume traffic area that it's going to be contaminated within just a fraction of a second with germs," Pierce says. "And I think if it's in your home maybe you know that traffic area a little bit more with your germs and stuff but if you're out and about I would say no," she adds.

Nurse April Pierce says that wiping or blowing germs off food doesn't work either.


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