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Fear of germs threatening the handshake

October 29, 2010
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SKILLMAN, NJ — Don''t be surprised if your handshake is left hanging this cold and flu season, according to a press release.
According to a recent survey commissioned by PURELL® Instant Hand Sanitizer, the leading hand sanitizer brand, two in five American adults (nearly 92 million people) — have hesitated to shake hands with someone because they were afraid of germs.
Recent reports reveal that public hand washing is improving, but there isn''t always a sink in the boardroom, on the playground or in the grocery store where people are greeting one another and shaking hands, the release stated.
"Germs lurk everywhere. They can accumulate on our hands and spread to others when we shake hands," said Dr. Keri Peterson, an internist at Lenox Hill Hospital.
"But there is no reason to refuse a handshake and miss out on this opportunity for camaraderie, or worse yet, risk offending a colleague, family member or friend. Practicing proper hand hygiene can help prevent the spread of germs and help keep the handshake alive. Sneeze and cough into the crux of your elbow, or use a tissue, and wash your hands or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer like Purell Instant Hand Sanitizer after shaking hands and before touching your face," Peterson added.
Click here to read the complete release.
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