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.
"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."
"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."