Shake, Bump & Fives!

The American Journal of Infection Control has the media world abuzz with talks of fist bumps vs. handshakes today, as they released a recent study confirming that a quick greeting of fist bumps “substantially reduce” the transfer of bacteria between people (compared with shaking hands.) This investigation confirms previous similar studies, such as the 2013 report from the Journal of Hospital Infection, Reducing pathogen transmission in a hospital setting Handshake vs. fist bump: a pilot study.

We know that fist bumps (and high fives) are typically very brief- less than a second, versus hand shakes that can last for … Read more