The COVID-19 pandemic is causing havoc across the globe.
Markets are in meltdown, flights have been grounded, gatherings banned and whole countries on lock down as the world tries to slow down its spread.
Of the many areas of everyday life hit by the virus, greeting etiquette is currently being transformed around the world.
Within the space of a couple of weeks, many of us have had to think about new ways of behaving around others, especially when it comes to body contact.
Don't Shake Hands!
Did you see the video of the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, putting her hand out to greet the Interior Minister?
And rightly so says Merkel in the clip.
Germany's interior minister has refused to shake hands with Angela Merkel amid growing fears over #coronavirus in Europe.— Sky News (@SkyNews) March 2, 2020
To read more abut #COVID19, click here: https://t.co/xc6iFpse15 pic.twitter.com/BaJUtSFJ0p
Current Etiquette & Customs Banned
Well, as well know, bodily contact can help spread COVID-19.
This has caused havoc on greeting etiquette around the world, especially in countries where it’s all about contact.
Footballers now don’t shake at the start of a match!
The French and Italians have had to stop kissing one another!
Even the Emiratis have been told to stop nose rubbing!
VIDEO: UAE advises people to avoid nose-to-nose greetings to prevent the outbreak of the coronavirus https://t.co/FHxmsXODKv— Middle East Monitor (@MiddleEastMnt) February 7, 2020
New Global Greeting Etiquette
But, the world is not going to let the Coronavirus beat it!
If we can’t kiss or shake hands, then we’ll find other ways, which is exactly what the world has been doing.
People are creating a whole new set of rules around greeting etiquette.
The Iranians have mastered the Wuhan Shake…
Iranians are reportedly avoiding greeting each other with their hands to avoid spreading #coronavirus - and using their feet instead. Watch from inside #Iran here, where 18 people have died from the virus.https://t.co/7nx0dB4FWN pic.twitter.com/6zPWQLysjN— Al Arabiya English (@AlArabiya_Eng) February 23, 2020
Prince Charles has turned to using the namaste…
Prince Charles preferred #Namaste over #Handshake.— INSIGHT_UK (@INSIGHTUK2) March 9, 2020
Say Yes to #Namaste, Say no to a handshake & hence #coronavirus. Age-old Indian way of greeting people called #Namaste is hygienic, friendly & centres your energies. Try it.#caronavirusuk #COVID19 #CoronavirusOutbreak pic.twitter.com/BUzHBVYRU7
The Americans seem to be enjoying the novelty of the elbow bump…
Rather than shaking hands, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts is encouraging people to bump elbows to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. The governor demonstrated it in a video of himself greeting people leaving quarantine at a facility in Omaha. https://t.co/AJiMf1HyV8 pic.twitter.com/5kpeU2cG2V— CNN (@CNN) March 8, 2020
Star Trek fans have turned to the obvious…
People doing elbow bump are outdated. The correct greeting that is coronavirus safe is the Vulcan salute pic.twitter.com/5OUHXQGSen— Mat Velloso (@matvelloso) March 6, 2020
Turks have found inspiration in their Ottoman roots…
…and the Japanese have done what they have always done! Michael Scott demonstrates.
With all this Corona Virus panic i think japan had the right idea in bowing instead of shaking hands. pic.twitter.com/RvW9aOFinq— ȺӀ×ąղժմɾ (@Alxandur) March 10, 2020