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People Are Doing the ‘Wuhan Shake’ to Avoid COVID-19

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    Out of fear of contracting the coronavirus (COVID-19), some people are steering clear of handshakes and devising new ways to touch and greet others.

    In China, the so-called “Wuhan Shake” has taken social media by storm.

    Instead of shaking hands, people are encouraged to greet each other by tapping their feet, as shown in the viral video now circulating online. 

    People around the world have started practicing it:

     


    The “Wuhan Shake” has become such a sensation that even TV presenters are doing it, too.

    The “Late Show with Stephen Colbert” even took the idea and added more “safe greeting” alternatives:

     

    In addition to the “Wuhan Shake,” World Health Organization’s director of pandemics, Dr. Sylvie Briand, also came up with a variety of greetings, including bumping elbows, waving and bowing with palms together.

    Here’s Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts doing the elbow bump with people who had just left quarantine at the University of Nebraska’s National Quarantine Unit in Omaha.

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, COVID-19 spreads primarily from person to person, between people who are within about six feet of each other. The virus is reportedly transmitted through droplets produced by a sick person’s cough or sneeze. A person might also get the virus from touching an infected object or surface “and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes.”

    Dr. Tom Freidan, a former director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has endorsed alternative forms of greeting and suggested to stop shaking hands in the meantime.

    “Let’s stop shaking hands for a while. I prefer the traditional Southeast Asian hands-together namaste greeting, although the elbow bump is fun,” Dr. Tom Freidan wrote.

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