- The Washington Times - Monday, December 28, 2020

The coronavirus has affected yet another aspect of society. Over half of Americans now say they would be happy “to never shake someone’s hand again” because of their health and safety concerns about the virus.

“Wave goodbye to handshakes,” advises a new survey of U.S. adults conducted by the Harris Poll for Fast Company, a business publication.

“Overall, 54% agreed with the statement, ‘I would be happy to never shake someone’s hand again’ and 54% said they would only do so if required in a formal or professional setting, leaving plenty of room for the socially distant elbow bump to grow,” the poll analysis reported.

Another 30% of respondents said they now prefer to shake hands “less often,” and 26% said they don’t want to handshake at all. The pandemic has also affected other attitudes, according to the survey. Among them:

• 48% of U.S. adults would like to use telemedicine more often even after the pandemic ends.

• 27% say they would prefer to “never” travel for business again.

• 25% would like to return to a physical office as their workplace.

Source: A Harris/Fast Company poll of 1,015 U.S. adults was conducted Dec. 18-21.

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