No shaking hands now.

  gengiscant 11:01 09 Oct 2011

A report in the Times today says we really must stop shaking hands when we meet and tap elbows instead. Unfortunately the report also goes onto say that we should sneeze in to are elbows also. All this from a virologist at Stanford University California. We could also air kiss which I absolutely loathe, if anyone so much as looks as though they are going to air kiss me, I give them such a look.

Sorry I cannot link to the story, the Times charges to browse.

  zzzz999 11:08 09 Oct 2011

We really should keep Stanford University Virologists locked up in cellars

  Forum Editor 13:31 09 Oct 2011

I'm no medical expert, but I would have thought that our immune systems need to be exposed to pathogens if they are to function efficiently.

This obsession for protecting ourselves from anything that might cause an adverse reaction is hardly likely to result in a race of strong, disease-resistant people, is it?

  Terry Brown 14:05 09 Oct 2011

Forum Editor

At last a bt of sense.

As you grow, your system needs to be exposed to various 'germs' to be able to buid an immunity to them.

A lot of the problems with people now, is when you get an infection, instead of letting it run it's course (mild infections only) so your body learns hope to cope, it's off to the doctor, antibiotics (or whatever) so your body never learns.

Our bodies are not meant to be 'Wrapped up in cotton wool' , but exposed to life from an early age. It's called growing up.

I agree sometimes it is necessary to get medical aid, or for the most times your body will fix itself, given half a chance.


  interzone55 18:07 09 Oct 2011

A friend of mine used to obsessively wash his hands, and kept his kids away from school if any of their classmates had the slightest signs of a cold.

Every winter his kids were ill with colds they couldn't shake because they'd not built up any immunities...

  octal 18:22 09 Oct 2011

The virologist at Stanford University California needs to travel on our transport system in London, I would hate to think what's on all those grab rails.

  morddwyd 19:59 09 Oct 2011

"This obsession for protecting ourselves from anything that might cause an adverse reaction is"

That's why I never watch anything with Bruce Forsyth in it!

Perhaps I ought to start so that I build up an immunity!

  BRYNIT 20:14 09 Oct 2011

Next they'll be saying that you should not use public transport especially at busy times.

You've got more chance of catching stomach bugs, flu and colds etc on public transport due to very close contact with other people and hand rails that have been contaminated than you have in shacking hands.

  Aitchbee 21:04 09 Oct 2011

when computers 'shake hands' sometimes, nasty bugs can spread if you are not careful.

  Chegs ®™ 07:05 10 Oct 2011

As a child, we'd never sat down to a meal until we'd washed our hands but it doesn't happen so much these days.

I would always say to my parents or aunt/uncle that I had washed my hands,but the truth is the opposite,I'd never wash my hands before a meal.I also rarely ailed as my mother was a nurse & we children had to be dead & buried with a Drs note to prove we were dead before being allowed to miss school.

  wiz-king 07:26 10 Oct 2011

When you think about it washing hands before meals only makes sense if you eat with your fingers.

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