Coronavirus Questions Answered: Social Greetings

Dr. Amy Ray of MetroHealth says foot taps are a new way to greet people that allow people to not spread germs. [Anna Huntsman / ideastream]
Dr. Amy Ray of MetroHealth says foot taps are a new way to greet people that allow people to not spread germs. [Anna Huntsman / ideastream]
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Is it rude to not want to shake hands in an effort to stop the spread of germs? That’s what Judy from Cleveland wants to know.

She says: “Please talk about ways of social greetings since shaking hands transmits germs. I've seen people link elbows, but that doesn't seem right since we're supposed to cough into our arms and elbows!”

Dr. Amy Ray, an infectious disease doctor from MetroHealth, agrees with Judy. Elbow bumps bring you face to face with someone who might be infected, and the CDC recommends keeping six feet away because that’s the range that virus droplets can travel.  

“My answer to social greeting is simply meeting eye contact and smiling,” Ray said. “If you want to do a foot tap, like has been out on Facebook, that’s a possibility too.”

Whichever way you choose to greet people, avoiding face-to-face contact is important, says Ray.

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