Coronavirus? Trump says be a germophobe like him

Coronavirus? Trump says be a germophobe like him

US President Donald Trump responds to to questions from journalists in the Oval Office at the White
US President Donald Trump responds to to questions from journalists in the Oval Office at the White House Feb 12, 2020. (File photo: AFP/Jim Watson)

WASHINGTON: Donald Trump had advice Wednesday (Feb 26) for people worried by the coronavirus: Be a germophobe like him.

Frequent hand-washing has long been a quirk of the real estate billionaire and Republican president.

He said his habit is exactly what's needed for protecting against the easily spread and potentially fatal coronavirus.

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"I do it a lot anyway as you probably heard," he told a press conference in the White House, triggering laughter.

"Wash your hands, stay clean. You don't have to necessarily grab every handrail unless you have to," Trump said. "When somebody sneezes, I try to bail out."

Trump recounted a recent close encounter with someone who was sick - and how he dealt with it.

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"I had a man came up to me a week ago. I hadn't seen him in a long time. I said, 'how you doing?' He said 'fine, fine.'

"He hugs me. I said 'are you well?' He said 'no, I have the worst fever and the worst flu.' And he's hugging and kissing me," Trump recounted, acting out the encounter for journalists.

"So I said 'excuse me.' I went and started washing my hands."

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Source: AFP/zl

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