CDC: Avoid Handshaking To Prevent Spread Of Coronavirus

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — With more and more people taking precautions against the coronavirus, there may be less handshakes going around.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is advising against shaking hands to try to prevent the spread of the deadly virus.

“To the extent possible, avoid touching high-touch surfaces in public places — elevator buttons, door handles, handrails, handshaking with people, etc. Use a tissue to cover your hand or finger if you must touch something,” the CDC said.

Some people are now finding other ways to greet people — including bumping elbows instead of shaking hands.

Now, some residents in and around Boston are sharing what they will do.

“It don’t bother me, I shake your hand if I have to,” Anthony, from East Boston, said.

Another resident, Bob Stough from Revere, said he has two rules — if it’s with a stranger, he’ll do a fist bump, and if it’s with someone he knows, he’ll shake their hand.

WBZ NewsRadio's Laurie Kirby (@LaurieWBZ) reports

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