posted at 19:50
Author: Stan Schroeder
Fist Bumps Spread Fewer Germs Than Handshakes, Study Says
Fist bumps aren't just cool - they're also hygienically preferable to handshakes. A recent UK study said fist bumps spread far fewer germs than the traditional handshake, and even the high five. The greeter shook hands, fist bumped or high-fived a recipient wearing a sterile glove. Ultimately, the fist bump emerged victorious, receiving the lowest germ count. "Significantly fewer" bacteria were transferred during a fist bump than during a high five. The study comes just after The Journal of the American Medical Association published an article on banning handshakes in healthcare settings. No-contact greeting is "Unlikely" to replace the handshake, researchers said, but a fist bump might do the trick. "Adoption of the fist bump as a greeting could substantially reduce the transmission of infectious diseases between individuals," David Whitworth, the study's author, said.

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