WATCH: Alternative greetings for the handshake amidst coronavirus outbreak

Photo:Screenshot from video
Photo:Screenshot from video

With the growing spread of the coronavirus, people in countries most affected by the epidemic have created new ways of greeting one another in attempts to curb the spread of the virus.

In China, a video of citizens bumping feet has gone viral, showcasing how some residents of Wuhan, the city at the epicenter of the virus outbreak, now greet each other in an attempt to minimise the spread of the virus. It’s been dubbed the Wuhan Shake. Meanwhile in the United States, Nebraska governor Pete Ricketts has opted for the elbow bump, imploring people to exercise good hygiene, CNBC reported.


Changes in behavior, with a close emphasis on hygiene, have been the immediate focus for people attempting to stop the virus’ spread. In New Zealand a Moari tribe has restricted its traditional greeting after its third confirmed case of Covid-19.

Their greeting, the hongi, is conducted by pressing their noses against each other to exchange breath, Te Runanga o Te Atiawa chairman Kura Moeahu said, adding that this greeting wouldn’t be used at their pohiri ceremony this year.

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