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Fox host says he 'hasn't washed hands in 10 years'

Fox host says he 'hasn't washed hands in 10 years'

United States television host Pete Hegseth has sparked widespread confusion after on-air claims that he hasn't "washed his hands in 10 years" because "germs are not a real thing".

He set off a social media flurry when he told his co-hosts, "My 2019 resolution is to say things on-air that I say off-air: I don't think I've washed my hands for 10 years".

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

Some noted that being too obsessed with hygiene could also be a bad thing, by possibly lowering one's natural resistance to germs. 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. OK, pal, whatever you say - I'm still not shaking your hand.

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

"These hands look pretty clean to me, you know". "Really, I don't really wash my hands ever", Hegseth stated on Sunday's episode of the show, possibly as his cohosts anticipated chugging bottles of Purell.

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While Hegseth may believe he's discovered the key to a strong immune system, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) still recommends frequent hand-washing with soap and running water.

"Regular handwashing, particularly before and after certain activities, is one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick, and prevent the spread of germs to others", the CDC advises. Both adults and children should be regularly and routinely vaccinated, according to health professionals.

The declaration didn't go over well with folks who commented on Hegseth's Twitter timeline, some with this hashtag: #WashYourHands.

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