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90% Fewer Germs Transmitted

Fist Bumping Is Healthier Than Handshaking

Public health officials warn us each year during cold and flu season that the leading form of germ transmission is through shaking hands. But a new study reported in the American Journal of Infection Control discovered that two handshake alternatives, the high five and the fist bump, transmit far less illness-causing bacteria. Specifically, high fives, with palms slapping palms, cut the transmission rate in half, and fist-bumps, with knuckles touching knuckles, reduce it by a whopping 90 percent. The three key transmission factors turn out to be the area of skin involved and the strength and duration of the contact; the firmer the grip and the more drawn out the handshake, for example, the more bacteria are transferred. Among celebrity fist-bumpers: Barack Obama and the Dalai Lama.


Mark commenter Mark at 12:46 am on August 1, 2014

Bowing is the answer. The Japanese have got this down. This page recommends the number of degrees of bending by situation:

For added epidemiological safety, wear a face mask:

Better yet, give hikkikomori a try:

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