Exploring “5 Second Rule”

Courtesy of UNICOMP

Everyone has heard of the “5 second rule,” but, is it safe to eat something you have dropped on the floor?

Infectious Diseases specialist Dr. John Farrell and University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria medical student Tess Korndorf will present “The Five Second Rule: How to Stay Healthy with the Microbial World In, On, and Around Us” Tuesday night, exploring the facts and fiction regarding the rule.

“All surfaces in the house are colonized with bacteria. And, even if you’re going around with a spray, a disinfectant, every minute trying to clean it, they’re going to crawl back on as soon as you’ve done it,” Korndorf said.

Korndorf tells WMBD’s Greg and Dan that a most of the germs in our homes actually come from humans. She says there are about 10 trillion healthy bacteria that live in and on our bodies, and more dangerous ones waiting for their chance to get in.

Farrell says personal hygiene is important, but, he thinks everyone has gone a bit far with anti-bacterial soaps and hand sanitizers.

“We have good septic systems, we have treated water. And, we’re not exposed to deadly pathogens on a daily basis,” Farrell said.

“The Five Second Rule” presentation, at the UNICOMP Main Lecture Hall, 1 Illini Drive in downtown Peoria, begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday, and will be followed by a question and answer session.

(Photo: Courtesy of University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria)

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