Shortly after warning California residents about best practices to prevent individuals from contracting the quickly spreading coronavirus, Dr. Sara Cody, director of Santa Clara County’s Public Health Department stuck her finger in her mouth and licked it.

During a press conference on Friday, Dr. Cody explained, “First, keep your hands clean. This is one of the most important steps you can take.” 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,’ Cody, the California health official said, as she licked her finger to help her separate the pages she was reading from.

Watch the “Do what I say and not what I do” health official:

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According to the Daily Mail – California’s Santa Clara County has been grappling with 11 confirmed cases of coronavirus infection, reports BuzzFeed.

Research has found that people touch their faces an average of 23 times every hour.

The finger-lick went largely unnoticed until the footage went viral days later amid similar warnings from health officials around the world.

It also was proof of how difficult it is for one not to touch their face, even after being told not to by someone else.

Here’s the extended version of her Dr. Cody’s address:

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