Handshakes not hygienic, say scientists
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Fist bumps are more hygienic than handshakes and drastically reduce the risk of spreading infectious diseases, researchers in
The study discovered that a handshake transfers 10 times as much bacteria as a fist bump, following a series of tests at
"People rarely think about the health implications of shaking hands. But if the general public could be encouraged to fist bump, there is a genuine potential to reduce the spread of infectious diseases."
Researchers were able to measure the movement of germs using sterile rubber gloves, one of which was dipped into a coating of the potentially deadly E. coli bacteria, before exchanging a range of greeting gestures.
The results of the research, published in the
The number of germs moving between people was reduced by more than half during a high five and 90 percent in a fist bump.
Experiments also found that a firmer handshake increased the level of bacteria shared between palms.
Fist bumps, famously employed by US President
The study was inspired by the increasing promotion of cleanliness in the workplace, including the growing use of hand-sanitisers and keyboard disinfectants. AFP