"Fox and Friends" weekend personality Pete Hegseth chose to share a little something-something about his personal hygiene habits on Sunday that left some folks - including his co-hosts - a little grossed out.
Hegseth was on the air with Ed Henry and Jedediah Bila when, after a commercial, they started talking about Hegseth eating day-old pizza during the break, reported Newsweek, which posted video of the exchange.
'Pizza Hut lasts for a long time, ' Hegseth replied, justifying himself.
"My 2019 resolution is to say things on air that I say off air". All of whom are expected to wash their hands. "Really, I don't really wash my hands ever", Hegseth continued, prompting laughter from his co-hosts.
"I inoculate myself. Germs are not a real thing".
'Germs are not a real thing.
Speaking on Fox and Friends, Mr Hegseth said the infectious micro-organisms did not exist because they could not be seen with the naked eye. "Therefore the're not real", Hegseth said.
Hegseth argued that his unsanitary habit leaves him immune to sickness.
Germs and microbes have been observed in pretty much every environment on Earth, from our food, to the soil in which it grows, and the hands of the humans that produce and prepare it.
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.
Washing one's hands is one of the rudimentary best practices in preventive medicine as it prevents the spread of infections and viruses to other people.
Bacteria that can be spread by unwashed hands include salmonella and E coli. Both adults and children should be regularly and routinely vaccinated, according to health professionals.
Vaccination is also useful for preventing certain diseases, since scientists develop vaccines as soon as they discover what causes a certain illness.
'Ewwwwww! Not something to brag about, ' wrote one.