Norwegian Health Minister: Stop shaking hands – use elbows to greet people again

Ingvild KjerkolPhoto: Terje Bendiksby / NTB
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Minister of Health Ingvild Kjerkol is asking people to stop shaking hands and return to greeting others with their elbows.

“Many of us have started to shake hands again after using the elbow for a year and a half. I now want to encourage everyone to drop the handshake and return to the infection-free way of greeting people,” Minister of Health Ingvild Kjerkol (AP) said at a press conference on Friday.

“It costs us little, but it will prevent the spread of infection,” she said.

She also warned that many people do not stay at home when they are ill.

“This causes the coronavirus and other viruses to spread rapidly in the population. It leads to more and more people being infected, more and more sick people, and more and more pressure on the health service. In a short time, this may lead to us having to introduce stricter national measures to stop the spread of infection,” Kjerkol added.

“You have to stay home when you are sick,” she added.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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