Has COVID-19 put an end to the hand shake?

The Corona Virus pandemic has changed many of our behaviors for now and perhaps for the future too.   The hand shake has been the universal greeting for social and business interactions for so long it just feels natural to put your hand out.  What will we do now that the health experts have suggested we stop shaking hands?  Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has said: “I don’t think we should ever shake hands ever again. … We’ve got to break that custom. Because as a matter of fact, that is really one of the major ways that you can transmit a respiratory illness.”   Some suggest we take cues from other cultures like a bow at the waist or clasping your hands together in a prayer-like gesture or crossing your wrists on your chest while making eye contact.  Etiquette experts caution that there may be some social awkwardness while figuring out appropriate greetings.  When in doubt making eye contact and a smile will go a long way until we agree on a substitute for the hand shake.

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