How to Hug During COVID-19?

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If you are a hugger, the past two months must have been tough. Yes, the human touch is a powerful thing that calms your nerves and reduces your stress.

How risky it is to hug during a pandemic such as COVID-19? A New York Times editor has recently interviewed experts about this. The safest thing to do is to avoid hugs.

But let’s face it, COVID-19 is going to be around for a while, so in case you crave a hug, here is a list of Dos and Don’ts to make hugs less risky:

  • Don’t hug anyone that’s showing symptoms;
  • Don’t touch the other person’s body/clothes with your mask or face;
  • Don’t hug face to face, or cheeks together facing the same direction;
  • Don’t cough when hugging.
  • Do wear a mask and hug outdoors;
  • Do hold your breath when hugging;
  • Do hug facing opposite directions;
  • Do hug quickly and back away when you are done.

Wow, so much work for a simple hug, eh?

According to the experts interviewed, if you pay attention to these Dos and Don’ts, the risk of a quick hug is very low. However, it is NOT zero. Remember, the safest thing to do is to avoid hugs.

Word of the Day:

Crave: to long for, to have a strong desire for, to badly want

More information and illustrations: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/04/well/family/coronavirus-pandemic-hug-mask.html