Hugging ‘could be safer than shaking hands’ when lockdown is finally lifted – Latest News

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Dr Marc Van Rans, an epidemiologist at the KU Leuven University in Belgium spoke out about the claim after Belgium relaxed lockdown rules, and the country allowed people to meet in groups of 10.

Families can reignite hope of hugging their family members as it is classed as “less risky” in spreading the deadly coronavirus.

Dr Marc Van Rans says people should avoid hand shakes as it increases the chance of spreading coronavirus, however hugging may be classed as “more safe” – but only with people you have affinity with

Shaking hands should be replaced with elbow bumps

Family members can enjoy hugs as lockdown eases

Meeting handshakes could be replaced with waving

According to experts, hugging is safer than shaking hands when coronavirus lockdown lifts, meaning you may be able to hug your loved ones sooner than you might have thought.

“A handshake remains difficult, hands come into contact with each other and with the environment, which increases the chance of the spread.

He explained: “As far as I am concerned, people are allowed to hold each other. More skin to skin contact increases the risk of transferring the virus.

Last week it was reported Brits could safely hug their family and friends once more without risking a second peak – as long as they continue to keep two metres away from strangers.

“Shaking everyone’s hand at the conference table, you cannot do that anymore, but I do not recommend replacing that with a hug. Keep the hug for the people you have an affinity with.”

In order to replace hand shakes in meetings, scientists have also suggested waving or elbow bumps.

With the lockdown beginning to ease further, Boris Johnson announced a “support bubble system,” which will allow two households to break the two-metre rule and meet.

But when it comes to hugging, a “long hug” could be risky with an asymptomatic carrier if they are shedding the virus, and should be avoided.

Jane Greatorex, a virologist at the University of Cambridge said: “There is the potential for respiratory transmission and surface transmission too.

Speaking at the No.10 Downing Street press conference on Wednesday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed a new “bubble system” is to be introduced on Saturday that will allow English people living alone to meet up with members of another household indoors.

“It’s hard to assess relative risks but neither are advisable.”

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