'Germs are not a real thing'

Evarado Alatorre
Febrero 12, 2019

"I don't really wash my hands ever", Hegseth said, adding that "germs are not a real thing" because he can't see them.

'I inoculate myself, ' he continued.

"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.

Following a commercial break, Fox & Friends co-host Jedediah Bila revealed that Hegseth had been munching on day-old pizza that was left on the set.

A Fox news presenter has claimed he hasn't washed his hands in a decade because "germs don't exist".

Hegseth's thinking is at-odds with science which has long confirmed that germs, and microbes live nearly everywhere: on food, animals, and plants, in the air, and in soil and water and on people's hands.

Speaking on Fox and Friends, Hegseth said the infectious micro-organisms did not exist because they could not be seen with the naked eye.

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Prompting Bila to say: "Someone help me".

Viewers on Twitter chimed in with comments as well. Hegseth served with the US Army in both Afghanistan and Iraq, and may well have maintained a stricter hygiene regimen while on duty before returning to a somewhat less sanitary life as a civilian.

Bacteria that can be spread by unwashed hands include salmonella and E coli.

Washing hands thoroughly is advised before preparing or eating food, after coughing or sneezing, after changing a diaper, and after using the toilet.

The delightful advice goes on to state: "A single gram of human faeces-which is about the weight of a paper clip-can contain one trillion germs". Hegseth notoriously hit a West Point drummer with a misdirected ax during a live segment from Times Square in NY in 2015.

Vaccination is also useful for preventing certain diseases, since scientists develop vaccines as soon as they discover what causes a certain illness.

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