Which is by far better a title than the dry "Reducing pathogen transmission in a hospital setting. Handshake verses fist bump: a pilot study."
Max Maxfield writes in his typically humorous style on the (for us) very serious topic of avoiding infection transmission while greeting others, based on a National Public Radio report which was itself based on the above study:
The abstract of the article that prompted the radio program and hence Max's musings can be found here:
In summary, compared with a handshake, other common forms of greeting reduce the spread of pathogens as follows:
* High Five - about 50% of the pathogens
* Fist Bump - about 5% of the pathogens
Sadly, no mention of the Elbow Bump, which I would think would be a clear winner.
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