Is Your Handshake As Dangerous As Smoking?

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  1. joseephuss

    joseephuss Well-Known Member

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    http://denver.cbslocal.com/2014/05/20/is-your-handshake-as-dangerous-as-smoking/

    Is Your Handshake As Dangerous As Smoking?

    It’s a fairly standard greeting … the “hello” handshake. Whenever I meet a new patient, I say Hi, introduce myself, and stick my hand out for a shake. And if it’s someone I have seen before, there’s a Hi, how have you been, with a simultaneous handshake.

    But if infectious disease experts from UCLA have their way, my handshake may go the way of leeches and bloodletting — replaced by a long distance wave or salute.

    A commentary in the Journal Of The American Medical Association says it’s time to say goodbye to the handshake greeting in a health care setting. Or for that measure, goodbye to the goodbye handshake as well.

    Sure, a firm handshake can be seen as a sign of greeting and compassion, but it’s also believed to be one of the easiest methods to transmit germs. We’ve actually believe this for a long time but perhaps there is new urgency in the mysterious new world of diseases like MERS.
     
  2. PJTHEDOORS

    PJTHEDOORS Well-Known Member

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    What about breathing the same air in the household with other family members? Germs too. lol.
     
  3. dexternjack

    dexternjack World Traveler

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  4. Phoenix

    Phoenix Well-Known Member

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    Forget that. It's the faceless masses on mass transit (bus / metro) I take every single day that scare me most...

    ...SNEEZE!......

    ...COUGH COUGH!....

    ...(breathe all over me)....

    ...bump up against me...
     
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  5. CowboyGil

    CowboyGil Well-Known Member

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    OMG, we're going to end up like Demolition Man. "Mellow greetings Laneena Huxley."
     
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  6. BigStar

    BigStar Stop chasing

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    Haha, great throwback! Loved that flick, Bullock was so smoking.
    So next time someone offers their hand as a greeting, I should blow my cigarette into their face? :D Russian style...
     
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  7. Fletch

    Fletch To The Moon

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    Let's preach abstinence while were at it. Don't wanna be mixing fluids.
     
  8. REDVOLUTION

    REDVOLUTION Return to Dominance

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    [quoteAnd saowboyGil, post: 5558659, member: 35448"]OMG, we're going to end up like Demolition Man. "Mellow greetings Laneena Huxley."[/quote]

    ".... And salutations...." Lol
     
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  9. BigStar

    BigStar Stop chasing

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    Simple and Practical:D

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  10. Route 66

    Route 66 Well-Known Member

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    I've read that doctors are recommending the fist bump.
     

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