You really wanted to have that last cookie left in the jar. You take it out and just as you are about to take a bite, it accidentally slips from your hand and drops on the floor. What would you do? Let's accept it! We all have at least once in our life tried the 5-second rule. And if you haven't (we are surprised!). It basically means that if you pick an eatable fallen on the floor within 5 seconds, it is good to eat.But this does not stop us to salvage expensive food with a belief that it is germ-free.
Defining the 5-second rule
In simple words, this rule permits us to eat any food item that fell on the floor, if it is picked within 5 seconds. It is a common belief that, if you quickly pick up the dropped food from a contaminated surface, the germs and bacteria present on the surface won’t have time to get transferred to your food, making it safe for you to eat it.
The 5-second rule at the time of coronavirus
This rule did not have any scientific backing and there are numerous studies about how dirty different surfaces of the house are. Yet, people never backed out from picking up the food from the floor, citing this rule.
However, at a time when we are dealing with an unprecedented crisis like coronavirus, it is safe to say that the 5-second rule has now officially come to an end.For more than four months now we have been trying to keep our house pristine, cleaning every corner of the home, which we avoided for years and washed our hands multiple times a day to keep ourselves safe and prevent the risk of infection. While doing all this, people have finally realised that 5-second rule is nothing more than a joke.
Why it is good to give up this rule
First of all, even though the surface is clean, you don't know how many people have walked from the place. They would certainly have brought germs and dirt with their shoes, which would get transferred to your food if it is fallen there.
When we talk about the kitchen, it does not matter if you have mopped the area 5 times a day, they are still the harbouring ground for the bacteria and germs. Studies suggest that the kitchen sink has more bacteria than your dustbin.
Moreover, it is lame to think that the bacteria will wait for 5 seconds before sticking to the food you have dropped. Nobody can guarantee this.
So, before you decide to relish your last piece of cookie fallen on the ground, remember that any food item that comes in contact with a surface will pick up some type of bacteria. Also, there is no way to know which kind of bacteria is present on your surface and what can be the outcome of having that food.