Adapted from WebMD-
British researchers report that the ‘fist bump’ might spreads far fewer germs than the handshake. In their experiments, clasping hands transferred about 10 times more germs from one person to the other than what is known as a fist bump. They suggest the more casual exchange might suffice as a cultural substitute for the firm gripping of hands.
The findings are published in the August issue of the American Journal of Infection Control.
"Adoption of the fist bump as a greeting could substantially reduce the transmission of infectious diseases between individuals," corresponding author David Whitworth, a researcher with the Institute of Biological, Environmental, and Rural Sciences at Aberystwyth University in the United Kingdom, said in a journal news release.
"It is unlikely that a no-contact greeting could supplant the handshake," Whitworth acknowledged. "However, for the sake of improving public health we encourage further adoption of the fist bump as a simple, free and more hygienic alternative to the handshake."
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