'Fist bump' may beat handshake for cleanliness

July 31, 2014 7:59 AM

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'Fist bump' may beat handshake for cleanliness

British researchers report that an alternative to the traditional handshake might spread far fewer germs around. In their experiments, the scientists found that clasping hands transferred about 10 times more germs from one person to the other than what is known as a fist bump. They suggest the more casual exchange might suffice as a cultural substitute for the firm gripping of hands.

The findings are published in the August issue of the American Journal of Infection Control. "Adoption of the fist bump as a greeting could substantially reduce the transmission of infectious diseases between individuals," corresponding author David Whitworth, a researcher with the Institute of Biol...

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