I was a missionary in Chile. There was this skin disease that leaves bumps all
over. It can go all over your body and you have to put this medicine all over
your body and not bath for about three days to get rid of it. It is very easy to
get it by shaking hands. Of course, it was found among the poor mostly. I
remember times when people would open the door and hold out their hand to shake
and it would be covered with those bumps! I don't know if they made hand
sanitizer back then, but It sure would have made it easier. We would run all the
way back to the pension and scrub, sometimes. It was not a pleasant thing to
I say embrace the fist bump. Handshakes have too many variables. Duration,
strength, speed, approach, etc... it's a very complicated social gesture.
It's easy to have a bad handshake, pretty hard to mess up a fist bump. Plus
less germs. I say it's a win win.
Fist pump is all that is needed.
This is news? Seriously, I think I spend more time wading through "human
interest" stories like this than I do reading actual news on this site.
Make a dash to the restroom and wash your hands in warm water and hand soap
after each handshake. LOL!
Thinking aobut all the handshaking I do...I'll be sure to have
this DN article read over the pulpit at church, and maybe I should
consider quitting going to the Temple - just to be sure...
Pretty soon we will be walking around in self contained body suits for fear of
becoming contaminated. I do find it funny that in our quest to be germ free and
protect ourselves and our kids from germs that we forget that we need exposure
to everyday cooties (sounds better than germs) so that our bodies' immune
systems can learn to become more resistant to everyday germs. Now I know that
there are many things out there that we just can't stop and never will be
able to. But it has gotten to the point where we are afraid of everything out
there. This might make you sick. This might kill you. The last time I checked
two things in this life are constant: death and taxes. So my advice to every guy
is "Grab that hand and give it a firm handshake. Look that guy in the eye
and say 'let's share some cooties dude!'"
Oh for heaven's sake, next thing you know they'll ban hugs and kisses.
Yes bacteria and germs spread via bodily contact but a certain amount of common
sense can be used to prevent most illnesses. I've always
wondered about sneezing into your elbow.. maybe it's just me, but my elbow
isn't big enough to cover my whole face. It seems I'm sending a much
larger "cloud" of bacteria in to the air than doing this than when I
completely cover my nose and mouth with my hands and then wash them.