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Fist bumps more hygienic than handshakes, say scientists

Published on Jul 29, 2014 7:10 AM
 
U.S. President Barack Obama fist bumps the cashier after paying for his order at Franklin Barbecue in Austin, Texas. -- PHOTO: REUTERS 

LONDON (AFP) - Fist bumps are more hygienic than handshakes and drastically reduce the risk of spreading infectious diseases, researchers in Britain have found.

The study discovered that a handshake transfers 10 times as much bacteria as a fist bump, following a series of tests at Aberystwyth University on the west coast of Wales.

Doctor Dave Whitworth, who led the research, said the study could have a serious impact on public health.

“People rarely think about the health implications of shaking hands. But if the general public could be encouraged to fist bump, there is a genuine potential to reduce the spread of infectious diseases.” Researchers were able to measure the movement of germs using sterile rubber gloves, one of which was dipped into a coating of the potentially deadly E. coli bacteria, before exchanging a range of greeting gestures.

 
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