The handshake — A symbol of good faith, good manners, good sportsmanship … and germs

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  • RFLASH Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 8, 2014 3:20 p.m.

    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 get!

  • andyjaggy American Fork, UT
    Aug. 7, 2014 1:34 p.m.

    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.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    Aug. 7, 2014 9:26 a.m.

    Fist pump is all that is needed.

  • Aggie238 Logan, UT
    Aug. 7, 2014 8:38 a.m.

    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.

  • FanOfTheSith Vernal, UT
    Aug. 7, 2014 8:27 a.m.

    Make a dash to the restroom and wash your hands in warm water and hand soap after each handshake. LOL!

  • Open Minded Mormon Everett, 00
    Aug. 7, 2014 8:27 a.m.

    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...

  • EJM Herriman, UT
    Aug. 7, 2014 7:54 a.m.

    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!'"

  • cocosweet Sandy, UT
    Aug. 7, 2014 7:51 a.m.

    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.