DISCONFECT (dis kon fekt’) v. To sterilize the piece of candy you dropped on the floor by blowing on it, somehow assuming this will remove all the germs.
So, does disconfecting a piece of candy you dropped really get rid of the germs? If it’s some kind of gooey chocolate, why bother? It might on a butterscotch disk or a starlight mint, but highly unlikely. Since millions of bacteria, and probably dust mites can hold a dance on the surface of a round, hard candy, creating a storm of your own breath to blow them away surely isn’t going to work.
The thing is, you can disconfect all you like, but there are most likely germs in your breath that are more likely to cause more harm than whatever might be in the grass or on the pavement where the candy was dropped. Save yourself some trouble, let the bugs have the candy, and go get another one for yourself. That way you avoid any confusion as to how much bacteria might be on the disc, and the bugs are going to go for the dirty candy and leave you alone for awhile. Everyone wins, except maybe the germs that get eaten by the bugs.