The handshake is a gesture that we do every day and when the coronavirus crisis broke out it was the first thing we stopped doing. But are they over for good?
It’s a fundamental gesture of human connection and the fact that we chose to do an elbow tap as an alternative shows how important contact is, we didn’t want to lose that physical connection.
If the handshake is finally banished, there are still some alternatives.
- In Samoa there is a custom of raising your eyebrows while smiling at the speaker
the Muslim custom of placing a hand on the heart to greet
- the Hawaiian shaka, adopted by surfers, which consists of extending the thumb and pinky of one hand and closing the three middle ones, and waving the hand
- the oriental bow, very common in Thailand, where curiously the incidence of the coronavirus has not been very high
- other, newer techniques are the elbow taps that are now in fashion
But in effect, the handshake is in danger: “I don’t think we should shake hands anymore,” said Anthony Fauci, a member of the White House coronavirus unit, whose tenant, the U.S. president, is estimated to shake the hands of 65,000 people a year, in April.
“Not only would it be good for preventing the coronavirus; it would probably dramatically decrease the number of flu cases,” Fauci said. In any case, handshakes will be banned for some time.
Kissing greetings from Mediterranean countries are out of the question.