WATCH: Health director licks finger while warning people not to touch their faces over coronavirus threat

A health director in California is being criticized online for warning people not to touch their faces over coronavirus (COVID-19) threat, right after licking her finger to moisten it up when turning the page of the paper that she is reading.

Dr. Sara Cody, director of Santa Clara County’s Public Health Department, was at a press conference on novel coronavirus on Friday, where she provided some advice on how not to spread the disease — which she had difficulty following on her own.

“We need to begin implementing additional measures to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus, or at least slow it down as much as possible,” she said. “These are the measures that we are recommending for individuals and for communities.”

Watch it below.

“For individuals, the recommendations are relatively straightforward, and effective, and important,” she continued. “Today, start working on not touching your face because one main way viruses spread is when you touch your own mouth, nose, or eyes.”

Here’s the full clip.

At 49 seconds later, she licked her finger as she turned the page on her notes.

Apparently, it was the second time she licked her digits in the 5 and half minute briefing, having obliviously licked 1 minute in too.

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