CNN's Tapper scolds Biden for not coughing into his elbow during live interview

CNN's Tapper scolds Biden for not coughing into his elbow during live interview
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CNN's Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperPolice investigating death of TV anchor who uncovered Clinton tarmac meeting as suicide Mississippi governor: Biden goal of 70 percent of US vaccinated by July 4 is 'arbitrary' Energy secretary: Adversaries have capability of shutting down US power grid MORE scolded Joe BidenJoe BidenExpanding child tax credit could lift 4 million children out of poverty: analysis Maria Bartiromo defends reporting: 'Keep trashing me, I'll keep telling the truth' The Memo: The center strikes back MORE for not coughing into his elbow, instructing the 2020 Democratic front-runner for the presidential nomination on the recommended way to avoid spreading germs during the coronavirus pandemic. 

The instructions from "The Lead" anchor came after Biden loudly coughed into his hand not long after the nationally televised remote interview from Biden's home in Delaware began.

"You know, you're supposed to cough into your elbow. I don't know, sir. I learned that, actually, while covering your White House," Tapper said.  


"No, actually — actually that's true, but fortunately I'm alone in my home. But that's OK. I agree, you're right," Biden replied.

"It's kind of old school to do it into your hand. Do it into your elbow, you're supposed to do it," Tapper reiterated.

Biden also coughed into his hand during a debate with Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Memo: The center strikes back Sanders against infrastructure deal with more gas taxes, electric vehicle fees Sunday shows - Voting rights, infrastructure in the spotlight MORE (I-Vt.) on CNN earlier this month. Tapper was moderating that event along with chief political correspondent Dana BashDana BashSullivan says US preparing more Russia sanctions over Navalny Sullivan: US will not be issuing 'threats or ultimatums' to China in COVID-19 origin investigation Sanders: Biden and I are 'taking a look at reality for working families' for infrastructure plan MORE.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that anyone who coughs should cover their "mouth and nose with a tissue" or sneeze into the inside of their elbow.

The CDC also says coughers should "immediately" wash their hands "with soap and water for at least 20 seconds."

"If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol," it adds. 

Biden also revealed he had not been tested for coronavirus, citing no symptoms.