Published: Tue, February 12, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Fox News Host Pete Hegseth Causes Hubbub Over Hand-Washing

Fox News Host Pete Hegseth Causes Hubbub Over Hand-Washing

"I innoculate myself. Germs are not a real thing".

"We're on a show and we have fun and we banter and I'm like, eh, you know, maybe I haven't washed my hands for 10 years", he said. "I can't see them, so, therefore, they are not a real thing".

Hegseth went on to say in the clip, "Really, I don't wash my hands ever".

A "Fox & Friends" host is facing criticism for saying that germs aren't real, even though he was reportedly joking.

Newsweek reports that Hegseth's comments were sparked by a conversation over day-old pizza - the co-host had apparently eaten some slices that were left out from the day before.

Plenty of teachers also mocked his claims with one joking that he'd learn about germs if he spent anytime in a children's classroom: 'Spend some time as a teacher in a kindergarten class, trust me, you'll wash your hands!'

Another reader, Jean Di Francis, noted how selfish Mr Hegseth's lack of sanitation is: "As a person taking prescribed immune suppressing drugs, I deplore Mr Hegseth's lack of hand washing because I'm very susceptible to the germs he carries and leaves wherever he touches".

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Hand-washing is one of the easiest and most effective ways to protect from germs and most infections in order to stay disease-free.

Revolting: 'My 2019 resolution is to say things on air that I say off air. That is when he admitted, "I don't think I've washed my hands for 10 years".

When soap and water aren't available, alcohol-based hand-sanitizing gels can offer protection, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Some, however, pointed out that Hegseth was likely just stirring the pot.

One wrote: 'I think I'm going to throw up.

On Monday morning, a USA Today piece came out reviewing the #DontWash incident and assuring its readers that, yes, washing your hands is incredibly important, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention "highly recommends" Hegseth, you, and I do so. 'That's disgusting!' said another.

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