I keep on hearing these nightmare stories about antibiotic resistant bugs.
I also remember that hand washing is one of the most powerful ways to fight the spread of disease.
Each time when I have to shake hands with someone who I don't know just to be polite, this bothers me.
I don't really like to shake hands and when I hear about people who don't wash their hands after they cough, sneeze, blow their noses, or go to the bathroom, it bothers me even more.
I have also seen people give hugs when they meet someone for the first time and sometimes wonder if this might be safer than shaking hands.
When I'm forced into a handshake, I notice that I can't just run off and wash my hands right away.
I think this might be one cause of disease epidemics.
With so many other ways to express respect and with so many people who don't like being touched without their permission, why does anyone even need to shake hands anymore?
I notice that not one single nurse I've worked with ever shook hands. This helps to put me at ease.