From getting groceries to connecting with family, our daily lives look very different than they did before the COVID-19 pandemic. To keep yourself and your loved ones safe from the coronavirus, it’s essential that you avoid or limit close contact with those who don’t live with you. Since that means no handshakes or hugs, how are you greeting those around you in the age of social distancing? Your Midlothian dentist shares nine touch-free ways to say hello that won’t spread germs during the COVID-19 pandemic.
1.) A Friendly Wave
Waving is a classic, universal way to say hello or goodbye. You may be used to waving only to those who are far away from you, but it’s just as meaningful to those who are right in front of you.
If you’re looking for a slightly more formal way to greet someone, try giving a slight bow. This respectful gesture is a great alternative to use in situations where you may typically shake someone’s hand.
3.) Hand Over Heart
Placing your right hand over your heart with a genuine smile is another way to politely greet others. This gesture was recently demonstrated by WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
The namaste is a traditional salutation in Southwest Asia, though you may have also seen it in Western varieties of yoga and meditation. It’s shown by pressing your palms together in front of your chest while bowing slightly. This typically signifies gratitude and respect, which is a great way to say hello or goodbye.
For a more laid-back, fun way to greet others, you can try the shaka. This island gesture can be created by making a fist, then extending your pinky finger and thumb.
Instead of shaking someone’s hand, try footshaking! This fun way of saying hello involves both people standing on one foot and tapping their raised feet together. Just be careful not to lose your balance!
7.) Blow a Kiss
Greeting someone you don’t live with via a kiss on the cheek isn’t recommended during a pandemic. Instead, try blowing a kiss! This playful gesture is a great substitute as long as you don’t touch your fingers to your lips.
8.) Air High-Five or Fist Bump
Sometimes hellos or goodbyes need a little more enthusiasm. You can still give someone a high-five or a fist bump if your hands don’t make contact.
9.) Just Say Hello
Saying hello doesn’t have to be new or complicated! Verbally communicating your hellos and goodbyes with polite eye contact and a genuine smile is an excellent way to interact with those around you.
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed many aspects of our lives, but it hasn’t changed the importance of a heartfelt hello! Keep yourself and others happy, healthy, and connected during the COVID-19 pandemic with these nine touch-free greetings!
About the Practice
At Marvel Dental, nothing is more important than your health. In these unusual times, we have been closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the recommendations set forth by the CDC. After careful consideration, we have established 21 additional safety protocols to our exceptional levels of infection control. These precautions are aimed to add peace-of-mind to the excellent dentistry you’ve come to expect and keep our patients, staff, and the community of Midlothian, TX safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. To learn more about our Commitment to Safety, we can be contacted via our website or at (682) 772-3072.