Handshakes are so… last year.
Historically, the act of shaking another person’s hand is a greeting known to spread peace, friendliness and overall goodwill. Unfortunately, the handshake is also a great way to spread germs. In the midst of a highly contagious virus outbreak, avoiding physical contact with others is more important than ever. Fortunately for you, Team Thysse has created a list of nine handshake alternatives to use the next time you’re in need of a touch-free greeting.
1. The Nod
Cool people have already been doing this for years. You may want to practice this one in the mirror a few times to perfect the momentum of the upswing. Bonus points if you say “sup” while doing it.
2. The Vulcan Salute
Even if you’re not a Star Trek fan, you’re probably familiar with this greeting. It means “live long and prosper,” which is quite fitting for these uncertain times.
3. Air Five
Also sometimes known as the Jim and Pam high five. No germs involved.
A subtle bow with palms pressed together. It simply means “I bow to you.” If Khloe can do it, so can you.
5. The Fake Shake
Go in for the classic handshake, then “SIKE!” We advise not to use this one during a job interview.
6. Blow a Kiss
Real kisses are definitely off limits during a pandemic, but fake kisses can be just as sweet. We also do not recommend using this one during an interview.
7. Air Hug
An air hug is a simple and effective way to show affection without touching. Non-huggers rejoice.
8. Point and Wink
This one is pretty self-explanatory. Something about the added hand gesture makes it so much better than just your average wink.
And last but not least…
9. Finger Guns
You heard it here first. Coronavirus made finger guns cool.
All jokes aside, stay safe out there.