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Top infectious disease expert, Anthony Fauci, doesn't think we should shake hands ever again

Fauci is the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a lead member of the White House Task Force on coronavirus.

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Last Updated: Apr 09, 2020, 01.05 PM IST
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Over the past several weeks, Fauci has emerged as a key figure in the war against coronavirus and has been the most vocal against hand shakes.
WASHINGTON: US' top infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci has said that Americans should never shake hands again, underlining that the practise would not only prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus but also decrease instances of influenza dramatically in the country.

Fauci, who is the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a lead member of the White House Task Force on Coronavirus said that washing hands should be a must in people's daily routine.

"I don't think we should ever shake hands ever again, to be honest with you,” Fauci told The wall Street Journal in a podcast interview.

“Not only would it be good to prevent coronavirus disease, it probably would decrease instances of influenza dramatically in this country," he said. Over the past several weeks, Fauci has emerged as a key figure in the war against coronavirus and has been the most vocal against hand shakes.



"As a society, just forget about shaking hands. We don't need to shake hands. We've got to break that custom," he told Sinclair Broadcast Group in another interview on Tuesday.

"Because as a matter of fact, that is one of the major ways you can transmit a respiratory-borne illness," he said.
Responding to a question on the possible measures to be taken to contain the spread of the virus, he said, "When you gradually come back, you don't jump into it with both feet. You say, what are the things you could still do and still approach normal? One of them is absolute compulsive hand-washing. The other is you don't ever shake anybody's hands.”

In the recent weeks, President Donald Trump too has been talking about doing away with the hand shake, which is a part and parcel of the American culture.

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