With all the talk going on about the novel coronavirus that is sweeping the world, it has been a reality check for many people regarding hygiene and personal habits. So it is no wonder a video of a former New York mayor who is hoping to become the next president has gone viral after his rather unsavory habits were caught on film.

Presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg was seen in a video that his own Snapchat account published, licking his fingers while sharing a communal pizza.

The original video was captioned: “When in doubt, rip the crust off.” Not something most of us do, and if you belong to a sporting club anyone who does this will become a marked person, the same for the one who ‘double dips’ their crackers into the dip at the after sports lunch or supper.

The spread of the virus has made most mere mortals super diligent with sharing food or other personal items with others, no matter how friendly we are. It goes without saying that to demonstrate dirty habits with strangers is even more shocking.

The video was shared on Twitter, where President Trump was quick to criticize his opponent for his table manners. “Mini Mike, don’t lick your dirty fingers. Both unsanitary and dangerous to others and yourself!” Trump reacted.

The president’s son was also quick to respond, “Truly disgusting! Also shows that #Bloomberg has never been around other people in a communal workspace,” Donald Trump Jr. wrote. “The fact that he and his ‘influencers’ put this out thinking it normalizes him is even scarier.”

In Iran, where the number of infected people with the virus is the most outside of China, a mullah has been videoed spitting “blessings” into water bottles of the faithful, while others kiss the holy shrines where millions have done the same or touched with their hands.

The spread of any infection can be easily passed on to other humans through bodily fluids such as saliva, so why not reduce the risk to yourself and your loved ones by becoming more aware, not sharing food, washing hands thoroughly, and if feeling unwell, isolate yourself from others? Remember the ancient saying, “cleanliness is next to Godliness.”

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