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Coronavirus is changing the way the world says “hello”

Keep calm, wave, and carry on.
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Keep calm, wave, and carry on.
  • Adam Rasmi
By Adam Rasmi


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Some people around the world shake hands. Some hug. Some rub their noses together. And some—many in fact—kiss on the cheek. But now, as Covid-19 spreads around the globe, people are rethinking how they say hello.

That’s exactly what Germany’s interior minister did today—to much laughter—when he declined to shake chancellor Angela Merkel’s hand.

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