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:
Handshakes gotta go, but for what?
BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images
A foot tap (otherwise known as “the Wuhan shake”)Via Photo by Tanzanian Presidency / Handout/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
An elbow tapVia Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images
A shoulder bumpVia Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images
Sticking your tongue outVia Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for NARAS
Namaste (India, Nepal)Via Photo by Ben Birchall – Pool/Getty Images
Placing your right hand on your heartVia Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images
Jazz handsVia Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for DGA
A winkVia IRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP via Getty Images
Raising your eyebrowsVia Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images
A hip bumpVia ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images
Wai (Thailand)Via LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA / Contributor
A waveViaChina Daily via REUTERS
V for Victory/peace signVia (Photo by Haidar HAMDANI / AFP
Ojigi (Japanese-style bowing)Via TORU YAMANAKA/AFP via Getty Images
A saluteVia Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Image
Finger gunsVia DIDA SAMPAIO/ESTADAO CONTEUDO (Agencia Estado via AP Images)
FlossingVia BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images
A Vulcan saluteVia Photo by Han Myung-Gu/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures
A pirouetteVia Denis Balibouse
- votevotesA foot tap (otherwise known as “the Wuhan shake”)
- votevotesAn elbow tap
- votevotesA shoulder bump
- votevotesSticking your tongue out
- votevotesNamaste (India, Nepal)
- votevotesPlacing your right hand on your heart
- votevotesJazz hands
- votevotesA wink
- votevotesRaising your eyebrows
- votevotesA hip bump
- votevotesWai (Thailand)
- votevotesA wave
- votevotesV for Victory/peace sign
- votevotesOjigi (Japanese-style bowing)
- votevotesA salute
- votevotesFinger guns
- votevotesA Vulcan salute
- votevotesA pirouette
Matthew Champion is a deputy world news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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Hayes Brown is a world news editor and reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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