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Spock's Vulcan salute, namaste among suggestions for safe greetings

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Posted at 2:06 PM, Mar 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-06 19:17:18-05

The fear of COVID-19 has many people talking about how to protect themselves from possible exposure to the novel coronavirus.

In addition to using disinfectant and avoiding large crowds, some people are also considering of alternative forms of greetings.

Suggestions including reviving Mr. Spock's Vulcan salute from the popular sci-fi series "Star Trek."

Leonard Nimoy, who played the character, invented the greeting, which incolved raising a hand with the palm facing forwad, thumb extened and middle and ring finger parted.

Hindus are encouraging the world to adopt the ancient Namaste to greet each other to limit the possibility of spreading the virus.


Namaste is uttered with the hands pressed together and a slight bow.

Another suggestion is to tap feet instead. It's being called the "Wuhan Shake" and it started in China.

Of course, bumping elbows is always an option.

Or, if you wear a hat, you can tip your hat in greeting.