Sunday, February 12, 2006

On the humble elbow as the instrument of plague abatement

Via Slate, I see that the NY Times reports here that the World Health Organization is promoting elbow bumping as the infection-free alternative greeting.

The article says in part:

"The bump, a simple touching of elbows, is a substitute for the filthy practice of shaking hands, in which a person who has politely sneezed into a palm then passes a virus to other hands, whose owners then put a finger in an eye or a pen in a mouth. The bump breaks that chain. Only a contortionist can sneeze on his elbow."

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