5 handshake alternatives to keep yourselves virus-free

Ditch the handshake for these alternatives instead

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On Monday, when Germany's Interior Minister rebuffed German Chancellor Angela Merkel's handshake, he wasn't trying to insult her. Merkel herself realised what she had done, then smiled and said, 'That was the right thing to do.'
What would have been seen as bad manners pre-coronavirus is now more commonly seen around the world, with governments discouraging traditional ways of greeting such as high fives, handshakes, kisses on the cheek and even hugging.
So how should we greet?
Sylvie Briand, Director of Pandemic Diseases at the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends the elbow bump and foot shakes as safer alternatives to shaking hands, sharing a comic on Twitter from the National University of Singapore:
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Photo: National University of Singapore
For something more homegrown, try out this novel form of greeting that's being dubbed as the 'Wuhan shake.' This new hands-free greeting has gone viral online and is another hygienic (and fun!) alternative to the handshake. Try your 'foot' at it:



Sources: The Guardian, WHO Twitter, National University of Singapore, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine website

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