It is a gesture that has become one of the images of the pandemic. Due to the danger posed by shaking the hand of a contact due to the high transmissibility of the virus, the so-called ‘elbow salute’. But it can also be unsafe, reveals the World Health Organization.

As the Portuguese media collects News Diary, the director of the WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, advised against this new type of greeting in his day: “It is better to avoid elbows, because they put us less than a meter away of the other person “.

What can be the alternative? Dr. Tedros recommends that every time we see a friend, let’s put our hands to our hearts and we always respect the safety distance of 1.5 meters.

He is not the first to discourage the use of elbows. Dr. Carlos Lafuente, in statements to ABC, stated that “elbow bump is, in my opinion, a tasteless greeting, anti hygienic, which does not meet the rules of social distancing “.

In short, everything that involves reducing social distancing is discouraged, including touch of boots which was proposed as a greeting for footballers before matches.