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Things That May Soon Disappear Forever After the Pandemic




The Handshake
Health experts as well as those who study social behaviors say it might not come back, even when we’re once again able to get closer than 6 feet.


Notably, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told The Wall Street Journal in April that “I don’t think we should ever shake hands ever again, to be honest with you.”

Whether handshaking recovers will depend on the balance between the messaging from health authorities like Fauci and Americans’ interest in following it. Potential non-contact replacements for now (and maybe later) include a range of waves from the Emily Post Institute to a small bow (already a thing in much of East Asia) to a sort of pledge-like hand-over-heart gesture to a foot bump (pictured here). But those substitutes will struggle to send the signal of “cooperative intent” that the handshake provides in the business world.


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