Article Proposes "Handshake-Free" Zones at Hospitals

By: Garrett Wymer Email
By: Garrett Wymer Email

Should handshakes be banned from hospitals?

That is what an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests.

This comes as we learn this week that the first case of MERS in the U.S. was spread by a handshake.

The article suggests that handshake-free zones be created, much like there are smoke-free zones.

Ed Pickett works at a hospital. He says banning handshakes would not be as easy as it sounds, because touch has its place.

"There's an aspect of care that appears to improve outcome if the receiver of the care knows you do care for them," Pickett said. "Which is to say, I'll give you a prescription, but you don't think I care. Are you going to fill it?"

According to the Centers for Disease Control, washing your hands regularly is one of the best ways to get rid of germs. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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