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The Science Behind the 'Five Seconds Rule'

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The Science Behind the 'Five Seconds Rule'

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The Science Behind the 'Five Seconds Rule'

The Science Behind the 'Five Seconds Rule'

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If food falls on the ground, is it still safe to eat if it's picked up swiftly? Science experts weigh in on the health merits of the so-called "five seconds rule." But the "stickiness" of germs proves resistant to the span of time elapsed.