People, fist bumps are cleaner than handshakes

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Next time, you meet someone new, try giving them a fist bump instead of a handshake.

The reason: They're more hygienic.

Researchers in Britain say that this type of casual greeting drastically reduces the risk of infectious diseases spreading.

Doctor Dave Whitworth, who led the research, said there will be a "genuine potential to reduce the spread of infectious diseases" if the public was encouraged to fist bump.

Cut the germs, people

Study results showed that handshakes passed on far more dangerous bacteria than fist bumps or high-fives.

The number of germs moving between people was reduced by 90 per cent in a fist bump. 

And for all you strong grippers out there, here's something to cling to: the study found that a firmer handshake increased the bacteria level shared between palms.

No wonder then, that US President Barack Obama is a strong believer in the fist bump.

Source: AFP