Does double-dipping spread germs? And what's the deal with the five-second rule?
By: K. Aleisha Fetters
It's hard not to be a germophobe. After all, we live in a germ-infested world. However, misinformation tends to spread faster than nasopharyngitis (a.k.a. the common cold), so we rounded up some of the most prevalent strains of viral wisdom to sort out the old wive's tales from the actual facts.
The 5-Second Rule
Off-the-floor eating is far from ideal, but if you act fast, it isn't that gross, statistically speaking. In a new study from Aston University, researchers dropped foods on floors and let them sit for anywhere from three to 30 seconds. Then they tested the levels of E. coli and staphylococcus aureus and found that food picked up just a few seconds after being dropped is less likely to contain bacteria than if it's left for longer stretches of time-no surprises there. However, both the type of food and the type of floor make aRead More »from Yuck, Your Toothbrush is a Fecal-Matter Magnet and the Truth Behind 4 Other Common Germ Myths