Is Fist Bumping Better For Health Than Handshakes?

Fist bumping may be better for health than shaking hands or high-fiving, a new study claims.


This image shows powder transferred during a handshake, to demonstrate that the custom is far less hygienic than the modern fist bump. (Prifysgol Aberystwyth University)
A fist bump is 20 times more hygienic than a traditional handshake, researchers report
High-fives spread half as many germs as handshakes, according to a new study
Public health experts are urging handshakes to go the way of cigarettes, at least in healthcare settings

To fight the spread of germs, doctors should ditch the handshake and greet their patients with a fist bump instead, a new study says.

Through a series of tests, researchers at the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences at Aberystwyth University in Wales documented that fist bumps are 20 times more hygienic than handshakes. They are also 10 times cleaner than high-fives, according to results published online Monday in the American Journal of Infection Control.

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Fist bump researchers

Prifysgol Aberystwyth University researchers David Whitworth and Sara Mela determined that handshakes spread 20 times more germs than fist bumps. (Prifysgol Aberystwyth University)

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