The Wuhan Shake No Hands Required – Chinese people afraid to shake hands amid the coronavirus outbreak are kicking around a new foot-to-foot greeting known as the “Wuhan Shake.”
In a clip on Twitter, a group of men wearing face masks can be seen saying hello to each other by quickly tapping their feet together.
“People in China found another way to greet since they can’t shake hands,” wrote one user alongside a video of the “Wuhan Shake.”
“I love how people can adapt and keep a sense of humor about stressful situations.”
The video, which has nearly 29,000 views, took off on social media where others applauded the creative welcome.
“That’s a great idea and you don’t need hand sanitizer,” wrote one user.
“Be prepared for a mass outbreak of athlete’s foot!” another Twitter user joked.
The viral greeting comes as health officials around the world have discouraged close contact amid the coronavirus outbreak.
France’s health minister advised people over the weekend to refrain from the country’s customary double-cheek kiss in order to prevent the spread of the deadly bug.
Meanwhile, the Italian government has also warned against displays of physical contact with the special commissioner for the coronavirus, Angelo Borelli, saying that “maybe it is better in this period not to shake hands.”
Across the world, the virus has infected more than 89,000 people and killed at least 3,000 since December’s outbreak in Wuhan, China.