Hugging is such an essential expression of love and affection for many of us. As the lock downs start to ease and if we start meeting other people, especially our family and grandchildren, I thought this was good advice.
Apparently, “Affectionate touch is how our biological systems communicate to one another that we are safe, that we are loved, and that we are not alone' but “keeping hugs brief is particularly important because the risk of transmission increases with more prolonged contact.”
Dr. Marr, an aerosol scientist, calculated that the risk of exposure during a brief hug can be surprisingly low — even if you hugged a person who didn’t know they were infected and happened to cough.
The NY Times asked scientists who study airborne viruses to teach us the safest way to hug. Of course, it's up to each of us to decide the level of risk we are prepared to accept but here are their tips:
DON’T hug face-to-face
DON’T hug cheeks together, facing the same direction
DO hug facing opposite directions
DO let children hug you around the knees or waist
DO kiss your grandchild on the back of the head
More information here: nytimes.com/2020/06/04/well...