(OPINION) ETH – USA Today just wrote a piece suggesting that society needs to end traditional hugging and shaking hands to assure us to remain safe from COVID and future diseases.
This comes as the article cites advice given by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that suggests that we should avoid physical contact with anyone not in our immediate household to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. and urging the absence of physical touch, No shaking of hands, No hugging, and definitely not kissing anyone.
The article cites that humanity has been adapting to a new world of less physical interaction and greeting with one another through the pandemic such as waving from 6 feet away or elbow bumps. Here is the question USA Today has asked.
“Americans get vaccinated and are able to abide by the new CDC guidelines, we may be able to go back to hugging, shaking hands, and cheek kisses soon. But should we”? The article says that the pandemic has taken the pressure off forced interactions and allowed people time to reevaluate boundaries around physical touch, according to experts.
“It’s been helpful in the sense that people get to have a little more personal autonomy, you don’t have to follow that social contract that has been set up of how you are supposed to greet people,” says Ashley Peterson, a licensed psychotherapist. So are you going to stop hugging, kissing, and shaking hands?