No, I don’t subscribe to the American Journal of Infection Control. This study was brought to my attention by a very recent blurb in our local newspaper the Mercury.
Should we be fist bumping rather than shaking hands? Does this reduce the spread of bacteria? For all the craziness promulgated by infection control authorities, I wonder how they have missed this breakthrough!?!
This study looked at the transfer of E. coli during a standard handshake, high five, fist bump and man hugs. (Ok… I made the last one up.)
The figure clearly shows we should be taking Barack Obama's lead and go fist bumping.
Alright… I’ll acknowledge this is a surrogate marker and there are many other methodologic issues. But I don’t care.
Peace… Doyle out!
Mela S, Whitworth DE. The fist bump: A more hygienic alternative to the handshake. Am J Infect Control 2014;42:916-7.