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What Should We Replace Handshakes With In An Era Of Coronavirus?

The coronavirus is killing the handshake industry.

Posted on March 6, 2020, at 10:47 a.m. ET

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President Barack Obama bumps elbows with actor Steve Martin in 2013 as fellow actor Jim Parsons looks on approvingly.

The humble handshake has taken a big hit to its reputation as the novel coronavirus has spread around the world. Governments are now warning their citizens that on top of washing their hands frequently, they should avoid unnecessary contact — including the customary greeting for millions.

It's not just handshakes that are out. France's health minister has said people should avoid the double-cheek kisses that his country is known for. And in Italy, the government's special commissioner for the coronavirus sympathized with how difficult it would be to cut back on contact.

Luckily, the world is a very big place and there are plenty of No-Contact Greetings to choose from. We've put together a sample of them and want to know which you think should replace the handshake in these trying times:

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Handshakes gotta go, but for what?
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    A foot tap (otherwise known as "the Wuhan shake")
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    An elbow tap
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    A shoulder bump
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    Sticking your tongue out
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    Namaste (India, Nepal)
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    Placing your right hand on your heart
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    Jazz hands
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    A wink
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    Raising your eyebrows
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    A hip bump
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    Wai (Thailand)
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    A wave
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    V for Victory/peace sign
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    Ojigi (Japanese-style bowing)
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    A salute
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    Finger guns
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    Flossing
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    A Vulcan salute
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    A pirouette

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