Once the pandemic passes, should we go back to shaking hands?

Posted at 8:42 PM, Apr 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-10 23:48:46-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Dr. Anthony Fauci, the White House's leading infectious disease expert, said he hopes using handshakes as a greeting will become a thing of the past. But in Kern County, it looks like some residents don't think that will happen.

According to a 23ABC Facebook Poll asking users if people should give up handshakes forever, 54% of users said they "don't think so."

At the end of the poll, 853 users voted in total with 462 voting: "I don't think so."

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday, Dr. Fauci said that ideally, Americans would stop shaking hands which each other. Dr. Fauci said handshakes are a very common way for infectious diseases to spread.

Although the majority of the votes leaned towards continuing the practice, those who voted to end handshakes were offered up their explanations.

Facebook user Roberto Manuel Martínez Sr said wrote, "They're overrated in my opinion anyway so I don't mind at all. A handshake does not define who you're or who I am."

Another user Jennie Bell wrote, "Fists bumps are just as good and much more safe."

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