"In an attempt to avoid contracting or spreading infection, many individuals have made their own efforts to avoid shaking hands in various settings but, in doing so, may face social, political, and even financial risks," they wrote.According to Punchbowl, the handshake may date back to the 2nd century B.C. as a gesture of peace becausepeople were showing that they weren't holding a weapon. Today it is an expression of goodwill, gratitude and congratulations. Trying to ban the handshake may be a nearly impossible task, but it has been done before in Canada.The Catholic Archdiocese of Winnipeg banned handshaking between churchgoers in 2009 over concerns of spreading swine flu. Emile Loranger, the mayor of L'Ancienne-Lorette, which is just outside of Quebec City, also instituted a ban the same year over the same concerns.Or Canadians could go even further, like Canadian comedian Howie Mandel, who prefers to tap elbows.
This undated inverted image provided by Prifysgol Aberystwyth University shows powder transferred following handshake, to illustrate possible transfer of bacteria at Prifysgol Aberystwyth University in Aberystwyth, Wales. According to results published online Monday, July 28, 2014, in the American Journal of Infection Control researchers found that the knocking of knuckles, fist bump, spreads only one-twentieth the amount of bacteria that a handshake does. (AP Photo/Prifysgol Aberystwyth University)
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