Don’t touch me, but please do greet me.
Since the start of the coronavirus outbreak, people have had to get creative with greetings to avoid infection.
We’ve traded in kisses, handshakes and hugs for more creative ways to say “hello”.
In his most recent address, President Cyril Ramaphosa asked that there be no more kissing and limited hugging in the future to slow the spread of Covid-19.
Here are some unconventional ways to greet one another:
1 The wai in Thailand
It’s the standard greeting in Thailand and has been adopted worldwide during this pandemic. The wai involves no touching. It’s simply a gentle bow of the head with hands pressed together as if in prayer. The Thai wai was recommended by Sylvie Brand, director of the pandemic and epidemic diseases department of the World Health Organisation, as a healthy alternative to handshaking, according to National Geographic.
A common form of greeting in both the west and east, it began as a way of showing respect to the nobility and is now the most common non-verbal greeting in Japan. To bow, simply bend at the waist while keeping your feet firmly planted.
This traditional greeting from India is becoming quite popular worldwide, and is reminiscent of the Thai wai, with a slight bow and hands pressed together.
4 Corona bise
In France, where la bise or kissing on the cheek is quite popular, people adopted the corona bise or air kissing prior to lockdown and that may be what the future holds once things return to “normal”, NPR reports.
5 Jazz hands
Creativity won with this one! We can keep one another entertained from a distance as suggested by the sister of Twitter user Carli Mosier (@carlimosier). Bringing the stage to the streets, jazz hands might become the new normal.
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