Will you be comfortable shaking hands with strangers when the pandemic ends?

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We’ve all grown accustomed to meeting new people and saying “Nice to meet you!” from a safe six-foot distance. There’s the occasional elbow bump, but for the most part, we’ve kept to ourselves this past year.

Once this is all over (or as over as it’s going to get…), will you be comfortable shaking hands with strangers again? Will you be hesitant at all, or will you not think twice about it? We’re curious to know.

Please tell us in the poll below. Hopefully, if we ever meet you in the future we can shake your hand!

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Dave J
1 month ago

Shaking hands, back home that’s how we seal a deal. Signatures can be copied but a solid handshake is assumed to truly indicate one’s intentions.

D C
1 month ago

I am a medical person. I am okay with handshakes, but I wash my hands about 1,000 times a day and use hand sanitizer frequently in between. There is no such thing as germ free in every day living. We are surrounded by germs 24/7. Not all of germs are bad. We need some of them to stay healthy. Killing off the good ones can cause serious problems.

Bob Weinfurt
1 month ago

I feel that we’ll get a grip on this pandemic, but it will be at least several decades before Covid is completely eradicated, if even by then. Once we get the upper hand on this, I’ll go back to shaking hands some of the time. Lots of variables to consider.

KellyR
1 month ago

I will continue to do as I have in the past. “Never shake hands at the dump station.”

Grant Graves
1 month ago

Maybe we should learn some alternatives for greeting from other cultures. I prefer a bow of the head and a smile.

Scooter
1 month ago

I have not stopped shaking hands if the other person is good with it. I also either wash my hands or use alcohol on them afterwards.

Snayte
1 month ago

I have never liked shaking hands or hugging people that are not my immediate family. So no.

Tom
1 month ago

Never really a hand shaker, and less now.

Rich
1 month ago

there were lots of bugs that could make us sick out there before the pandemic and the same will be true when it ends. yes, i’ll shake hands. NO FEAR!

Last edited 1 month ago by Rich
Roy Davis
1 month ago

I am considered high risk but never stopped shaking hands nor giving hugs. I refuse to live my life in fear of what might happen. I can’t remember the last time I had a cold or the flu. I believe in washing my hands, which I was taught as a wee lad. I also drink lots of water, 3 or more 20 oz. containers a day. The only other thing I drink is 2-3 cups of coffee a day and occasionally a glass of red wine. My wife and I have been exposed to Covid a couple times and did isolate but never showed any signs of it.

John
1 month ago
Reply to  Roy Davis

I agree. Couldn’t have said it any better.

Greg Thompson
1 month ago

I stopped shaking hands in May 2008 after my first stem cell transplant. I am imuno suppressed and have bumped hands since then if someone offers their hand to shake. Nobody has ever said anything or refused.
And I’ve been wearing N95 masks where appropriate as well. I received my education on the subject when I was in isolation for 5 weeks in the hospital, not from Facebook or a “news” channel on TV.
Call me crazy but I’ll stick with advice from the medical professionals.

Billy
1 month ago

Maybe it’s just me, but the polls aren’t showing up on mobile. Safari browser on iPhone.

dcook
1 month ago

No more hand shaking for me, hand shaking is the best way in the world to spread every kind of crud that is out there. I will also continue to wear a mask and wash hands often.

Bill
1 month ago
Reply to  dcook

Me too!

Chris Mead
1 month ago

I have no issue with it. There has always been flu and always will be. Good hygiene (wash hands before you eat, after going to the bathroom, etc.) is always necessary regardless.

Marc
1 month ago

I have remained comfortable shaking hands throughout COVID. If the other person is comfortable shaking then so am I.

Donald N Wright
1 month ago

Why is a wedding ring on the right hand? I guess I am behind the times again.

D C
1 month ago

Person may have been married in one of several European countries, such as Norway, where they wear wedding rings on the right hand rather than the left. Or, the pic may be flipped.

Chris Mead
1 month ago
Reply to  D C

Germany as well

D C
1 month ago
Reply to  Chris Mead

Yep.

D C
1 month ago
Reply to  D C

I also later remembered it used to be a custom in the US (as well as other countries) for someone widowed to move their ring to their right hand. My Grandmother did that when my Grandfather died. She’d had the ring on her left had for almost 50 years. The indentation it put in her left ring finger never did go completely away even though she lived another 20 years.

WEB
1 month ago

It may not be a wedding ring…. :-/

D C
1 month ago
Reply to  WEB

That too.

Glenda Alexander
1 month ago

I do virtual handshakes (clasping my own hands together) and virtual hugs — with a smile on my face.

Irv
1 month ago

One thing we’ve learned from COVID is that wearing masks and not shaking hands, etc. is a great way to control colds and flu.

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Kim Christiansen (@imkimc)
1 month ago
Reply to  Irv

Ahem…
A few folks posted comments saying masks don’t work and misrepresenting research on masks. A couple of others called them out in unkind ways. And finally, someone decided that they needed to give us a science lesson (without actually using science) on masks and the virus.

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. You are MORE than welcome to express your opinion and your personal preference for wearing or not wearing a mask.

BUT, you are NOT welcome to spread bad information based on your personal beliefs or bias. We would not tolerate someone posting unsafe advice in the comments regarding operating an RV or RV safety and we won’t tolerate it with respect to the ongoing pandemic.

And when someone does express his/her opinion on whether or not to wear a mask, if you feel compelled to comment, you can disagree with them RESPECTFULLY.
No name calling, no shaming, no derogatory comments.

Irv’s comment does not cite science, so it’s his opinion.

Thanks,
Kim

Larry
1 month ago

When the pandemic ends?… hate to point it out but this is not going to end anytime in the near future… with new mutations showing up it is going to be years and only when most of the world… not just the North American continent… is vaccinated… so get used to masks, washing your hands, social distancing and maybe even yearly vaccines just like the flu shots…

Bill
1 month ago
Reply to  Larry

Agreed!

Bob M
1 month ago

I’ve shaken hands in the past, but was always uncomfortable shaking hands during the Catholic mass. You’d see people cough in the hand, blow their nose in a hankerchief or rub their noise. Than later want to shake your hand. Or have a person sit next to you that stunk or smelled like he was smoking. Don’t plan on shaking in the future.