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Are Handshakes Passe?

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Published on Nov 2, 2010

Let's (Not) Shake on It: Are Handshakes Passé?

With cold and flu season looming, many folks wonder if it's still appropriate to extend a friendly hand at church, in the workplace, or when making an introduction.

Doesn't hand-to-hand contact create a highway for germs? And shouldn't that make handshakes taboo, especially during this itchy, sneezy, sniffly time of year?

In the clip below, Ann Marie Pettis gives some suggestions for ways to practice safe handshaking, plus, some tips for maintaining good hand hygiene in general.

Pettis directs Infection Prevention programs at URMC hospitals (Strong Memorial and Highland).

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