Fist bumping may be a more hygienic greeting than handshake, research suggests

Dr Dave Whitworth, Senior lecturer at Aberystwyth University (Wales), and PhD student Sara Mela conducted a research to show how the standard handshake permits the spread of germs between people.

The researchers suggest that using a fist bump instead of a handshake could reduce the spread of bacteria.

CapeTalk’s john Maytham interviewed Dr. David Whitworth, Senior Lecturer in Biochemistry at Aberystwyth University.

Listen to the full conversation on the John Maytham Show:

We found that a handshake transfers 10 times more bacteria between people than a simple fist bump

Dr. David Whitworth, Senior Lecturer in Biochemistry at Aberystwyth University

Potentially you could reduce the risk of infectious diseases by not handshaking anymore

Dr. David Whitworth, Senior Lecturer in Biochemistry at Aberystwyth University

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