Fox News Host Pete Hegseth Causes Hubbub Over Hand-Washing

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Hot tip for anyone appearing on Fox & Friends anytime soon: When you're done taking a long look in the mirror, mulling over how it all came to this, be sure to avoid shaking host Pete Hegseth's hand.

So he did just that while speaking with co-hosts Ed Henry and Jedediah Bila.

Hegseth dismissed the pizza as being "old" and went on to say: "My 2019 resolution is to say things on-air that I say off-air".

'I don't think I've washed my hands for ten years.

Pete Hegseth of Fox News, made the startling confession live on air and said that 'germs weren't a real thing'. "I can't see them, therefore they're not real".

Hegseth argued that his unsanitary habit leaves him immune to sickness.

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The President himself is a self-described "clean hands freak", writing in his 1997 book The Art of the Comeback: "I happen to be a clean hands freak". In contrast with Hegseth, Trump is a self-proclaimed "germaphobe" who reportedly has a disdain for handshakes and a passion for frequent hand washing. By washing your hands-especially after using the bathroom-you prevent the spread of harmful bacteria like Salmonella and E.coli that can persist in tiny, invisible particles of human feces.

"Someone help me", Bila said. He did not see any issue with eating the pizza, he said, then added that he didn't think he had washed his hands in 10 years.

According to a CDC fact sheet, "studies have shown that handwashing can prevent 1 in 3 diarrhea-related sicknesses and 1 in 5 respiratory infections, such as a cold or the flu". Both adults and children should be regularly and routinely vaccinated, according to health professionals.

So whether Hegseth was joking or not, he didn't make that clear enough to dissuade people who may actually believe what he was saying.

'Ewwwwww! Not something to brag about, ' wrote one.

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