Avoid Flu Advice, Elbow in touch!

Melly Febrida
10.10.2011 13:53 | Health
Liputan6.com, London: Shaking hands is often done as agreed on a partnership or become acquainted with new people. But the most likely to transmit the disease to shake. A scientist had a strange suggestion to avoid diseases such as flu without having to shake hands.

Nathan Wolfe, a virus expert at Stanford University in California, suggests how 'safe handshake' with touching elbows or bent to follow the Japanese to avoid spreading the infection.

Japan has long had a tradition of bowing instead of shaking hands. Young children are taught how to bow properly. Dr. Wolfe appealed to men and women entrepreneurs to start touching the elbow as a safe alternative to shaking hands.

According to the Sunday Times, Dr. Wolfe said, diseases such as abdominal pain, flu, and colds are easily spread through skin contact. In his new book The Viral Storm, Dr. Wolfe said: "We must encourage a safe way by touching elbows instead of hands".

"Of course this will help reduce the spread of some infectious agents," he explained.

Recent research on the flu virus has been found that the virus may occur from contaminated kettles, doorknobs, workplace, and remote control, and it can last up to 24 hours.

Ben Killingley, infectious disease specialist at Nottingham University, has conducted a study of influenza, which is funded by the Medical Research Council, Monday (10/10).

If the person holding the virus from the nose, the tongue, or eyes can become infected. He also said that if people regularly wash their hands then shake hands do not need to be stopped.

Viruses can spread through air droplets sprayed from an infected person coughs or sneezes, especially in crowded spaces such as buses and trains. But this time there may be a greater risk in the spread of infection at work, where people may often shaking hands with colleagues or strangers for one day, allowing the spread of disease much more quickly.

U.S. President Barack Obama and wife Michelle is famous for shaking hands with fists, not by shaking hands, as a hygienic alternative to shaking hands.

Many people prefer to avoid handshakes and three-quarters of Britons said they have reduced the amount of shaking hands. (Dailymail / MEL)

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