Entire healthcare facilities may soon be dubbed “no handshaking zones.”
As “smoke free zones” become more accepted today, so too could “no human contact zones.”
Touching is now being proven to be more dangerous than smoking, as deadly super bugs like the MERS virus spread.
Hospitals may begin prohibiting human touch, in fear of spreading disease
New research from the UCLA reveals that the danger of spreading disease through hand to hand contact is growing rapidly, especially in an age of runaway super-bugs.
One day, hospital lobbies may display signs with an X through a picture of a handshake, prohibiting visitors and health care professionals from making simple contact with one another. One day, visitors may be asked to leave the building for hugging one another or holding each other’s hands. Healthcare professionals could be reprimanded for giving a professional handshake to patients or visitors.
Kindness in healthcare facilities could one day be restricted to just long-distance waves or salutes, as human touch is replaced with fear and paranoia of infection. Commentary from the Journal of the American Medical Association supports the no-touch philosophy, as health officials go on guard against the spread of antibiotic-resistant superbugs.