Handshakes Are Disgusting

Business is dirty; you don't have to be. A practical video guide to the professional fist bump.

More

This episode of If Our Bodies Could Talk is a video companion to the recent, highly-polarizing, love-and-hate-mail-generating Fist Bump Manifesto—in which I suggested that healthcare professionals not to go around touching one another's hands. Further, that no one should, ever. The CDC estimates that "up to 80% of infections are transmitted by hands." It would be more sanitary to intertwine almost any other part of our bodies, apart from our lips or genitals.

There are lots of ways to show respect and experience human contact, and to do that while reappropriating a gesture that's still misunderstood as an unfortunate homage to the patriarchy. So please share with colleagues, superiors, inferiors, and departments of public and private health, ideally as a company-wide memo on mandatory policy. Sick days are bad business, and inelegant fist bumping is bad life.

Watch:

Jump to comments

James Hamblin, MD, is a senior editor at The Atlantic.

 
 
More

Get Today's Top Stories in Your Inbox (preview)

Adventures in Legal Weed

Colorado is now well into its first year as the first state to legalize recreational marijuana. How's it going? James Hamblin visits Aspen.


Elsewhere on the web

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register. blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

Adventures in Legal Weed

Colorado is now well into its first year as the first state to legalize recreational marijuana. How's it going? James Hamblin visits Aspen.

Video

What Makes a Story Great?

The storytellers behind House of CardsandThis American Life reflect on the creative process.

Video

Tracing Sriracha's Origin to Thailand

Ever wonder how the wildly popular hot sauce got its name? It all started in Si Racha.

Video

Where Confiscated Wildlife Ends Up

A government facility outside of Denver houses more than a million products of the illegal wildlife trade, from tigers and bears to bald eagles.

Video

Is Wine Healthy?

James Hamblin prepares to impress his date with knowledge about the health benefits of wine.

Video

The World's Largest Balloon Festival

Nine days, more than 700 balloons, and a whole lot of hot air

Writers

Up
Down

More in Video

Just In