YOU EAT SOMETHING THAT FELL ON THE FLOOR
THE WORST THAT COULD HAPPEN
You could get a food-borne illness. For that to occur, you’d have to: (a) bring home contaminated food; (b) drop it on your floor; and (c) drop other food onto a spot you just contaminated – and then eat it. And the five-second rule won’t help you: microbes latch onto food the instant it makes contact with a surface and, according to food scientist Dr Paul Dawson, the number of bacteria transferred can be enough to make you sick.
WHAT WILL PROBABLY HAPPEN
Nothing. The dirt on your floor doesn’t necessarily contain illness-causing germs. “The odds of getting sick from eating food that’s fallen on the floor are extremely low,” Dawson says.