No handshaking No problem here are some alternative greetings

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Despite leaders and spokespeople around the world recommending that we don’t touch our faces or shake hands while coronavirus is still spreading, then almost immediately touching their own faces and shaking hands, it is, in fact, sound advice.

Although shaking hands is a universally acknowledged greeting, it’s kind of filthy given that there are around 1,500 bacteria living on each square centimetre of skin on our hands.

Shaking hands can transmit viruses, bacteria and parasites at the best of times but when there’s a global risk of a pandemic breaking out, it’s a really good time to learn some other greetings.

The team at Meetings & Incentive Travel got their thinking caps on and came up with a selection of greetings that don’t require you to touch someone else’s skin, therefore minimising the risk of catching coronavirus (COVID-19).

But if you really can’t resist a handshake, remember to wash your hands thoroughly afterwards for 20 seconds, which happens to be the same length as the chorus from Dolly Parton’s Jolene:

Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene,

I’m begging of you please don’t take my man

Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene,

Please don’t take him just because you can

James Lancaster
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James Lancaster

AMI editor James Lancaster is a familiar face in the meetings industry and international association community. Since joining AMI in 2010, he has gained a reputation for asking difficult questions and getting lost in convention centres. Proofer, podcaster, and panellist - in his spare time, James likes to walk, read, listen to music, and drink beer.

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