As the coronavirus continues to spread in America – along with the rest of the world, people are now opting to wave or nod instead of shaking hands.
The coronavirus epidemic started in China and within two-months, the illness has spread to over 121,000 people in 121 countries. According to health experts, the virus is a respiratory condition that can easily spread from person to person through the droplets generated during coughing and sneezing.
To prevent the virus from spreading, health authorities have advised people to wash hands frequently, avoid touching their faces, and wear a mask if they are experiencing flu-like symptoms. The global population has also been told to limit traveling and public gatherings.
In order to reduce the potential spread, many Americans are also avoiding handshakes with their peers. In a study by YouGov, around 62% of the respondents said that they now wave in greeting while 55% choose to nod.
Bumping elbows and tapping feet is also becoming a new method to greet.
As of this writing, the coronavirus or the COVID – 19 has caused over 4,000 deaths while more than 66,000 people have been recovered. Research shows that the virus is 20 times deadlier than the flu and is impacting the worldwide economy significantly.