WHO Encourages Adoption Of “Alternative Greetings” Like The “Elbow Tap” And “Foot Shake” To Fight Coronavirus
As humanity struggles to “adapt” to the coronavirus outbreak, which has suddenly introduced a patina of sinister risk to mundane activities like greeting a friend or visiting the supermarket, the Yon Loo Lin School of Medicine has published a ‘new greetings’ guide to help people in virus-stricken communities learn new greetings like the “elbow tap”, “foot shake” and, of course, the “wave.”
Dr. Sylvie Briand, the WHO’s director of epidemic and pandemic, tweeted a screenshot of what appears to be a new WHO guide to these ‘alternatives’ to the cheek-kiss and the handshake, popular greetings throughout the world.
— Dr Sylvie Briand (@SCBriand) March 1, 2020
We’ve mentioned this issue a few times in recent days. Videos shared on Twitter suggest that the ‘foot shake’ is gaining popularity in Iran.
— Azhar Al-Rubaie | أزهر الربيعي (@AzherRubaie) February 23, 2020
Walter Cotte, the regional director of the international federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent for America and the Caribbean, shared the guide on twitter.
— Walter Cotte W. (@waltercotte) March 1, 2020
The final pane on the comic-format graphic encourages readers to develop their own greetings.
Funny, we thought of one:
Sun, 03/01/2020 – 21:00