With all the panic about COVID-19—aka coronavirus—various PSAs about washing your hands, precautions in public places, etc... you'd think health officials would be more on top of following their own advice.
But it seems that is too difficult.
Dr. Sara Cody, the director of the Santa Clara County Public Health Department in California, was giving a press conference on best health practices when she immediately contradicted her own advice.
"Today, start working on not touching your face — because one main way viruses spread is when you touch your own mouth, nose, or eyes," she said...then immediately licking her own finger.
Coronavirus instructions. Wait for it...https://t.co/WvnKBwKUtb— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@Rex Chapman🏇🏼)1583342146.0
Santa Clara county has reported eleven total cases of Coronavirus infection, and the advice was meant to stop the virus from entering your respiratory system.
@RexChapman Heck of a job, Trump Administration.— Brandon Unger (@Brandon Unger)1583355033.0
@RexChapman Coronavirus would've spread so fast in the movie Face-Off. https://t.co/4dbdOUEUpf— SportsPoliticsCoffee (@SportsPoliticsCoffee)1583342259.0
@RexChapman @mydoghasagun https://t.co/h5x5WGAw6u— 🔥Joey AguaFresca🔥 (@🔥Joey AguaFresca🔥)1583342958.0
@RexChapman I have discovered the perfect device to keep humans from touching their faces during the coronavirus pa… https://t.co/kBmzDoj40U— Msbmoran (@Msbmoran)1583344749.0
@RexChapman this guy is the head of the task force, https://t.co/n9GPExpqD3— J. Rooker (@J. Rooker)1583377381.0
It is also worth noting that people touch their faces around 23 times an hour, so breaking the habit, as highlighted by the video, is incredibly difficult.
@RexChapman @spetryjohnson Licking his finger while counting money is how my manager at Blockbuster got meningitis… https://t.co/iONQ7rTYkg— tokamak n cheese (@tokamak n cheese)1583344500.0
@RexChapman https://t.co/KUC0HJ9uuh— Concon (@Concon)1583351437.0
@RexChapman https://t.co/9Ca3F71eBp— Molly #RidingWithBiden2020 (@Molly #RidingWithBiden2020)1583349828.0
@RexChapman Reminds me of this: https://t.co/tgEu90ReYw— Rudin Writes (@Rudin Writes)1583342373.0
@RexChapman Level of self awareness: 0— Oh, I'm just a girl (@Oh, I'm just a girl)1583348256.0
Meanwhile the President, who loudly has to be the best at everything, has already touted that he hasn't touched his face "in weeks".
TRUMP: “I haven’t touched my face in weeks. It’s been weeks. I miss it." https://t.co/TUYRhQmivQ— JM Rieger (@JM Rieger)1583341174.0
Trump on March 2 Photo via @drewangerer (H/t @olivierclaurent) https://t.co/lLsxu8bRZO— JM Rieger (@JM Rieger)1583358984.0
@RiegerReport Fake news! https://t.co/3rnmIVeiyw— Katia Mia🌊🌊💦💦🌊🌊 (@Katia Mia🌊🌊💦💦🌊🌊)1583341875.0
@RiegerReport He would get spray tan residue all over his fingers...the real reason.— BrotherMatthew 🌊🇺🇸🌊🧙♀️⚜️ (@BrotherMatthew 🌊🇺🇸🌊🧙♀️⚜️)1583341739.0
@RexChapman Don’t touch your face 😳 https://t.co/jij1VD0wQh— Debi ✨🌟Remember why you started🌟✨ (@Debi ✨🌟Remember why you started🌟✨)1583354528.0
The USA has seen 11 fatalities from COVID-19, with just over 150 people showing signs of infection.
The global death toll is around 3,000 (compared with 95,000 infected), but how bad this possibly could get are yet to be determined.
The 1918 influenza pandemic killed 20,000-50,000 people and infected 500 million people. Our medical and information technologies are greatly improved, but our transportation technology is equally advanced.
Which technology impacts COVID-19 most will determine how many people are affected.