Doing the fist-bump for hygiene’s sake

The friendly knocking of knuckles, A.K.A, the “fist-bump”, transmits significantly fewer bacteria than either handshaking or high-fiving, research shows.

The study, which expands on the recent call from the journal JAMA to ban handshakes from the hospital environment, suggests adopting the fist bump is the optimal way for doctors to meet and greet patients with minimal germ transmission.

Published in the August issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the UK authors stop short of