Fist bumps spread 90% less germs than handshakes

Fist bumps are 20 times more hygienic than handshakes

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80% of infections are spread by hands

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8.5 million Canadians catch cold and flu every year

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3,500 Canadians die from cold and flu every year

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Sick days cost Canadians $1 billion annually

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Cold and flu makes 10% more kids miss school

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Bill Gates doesn’t shake hands

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Up to 90% of people with cold and flu carry it on their hands

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Cold and flu survives up to 72 hours on hands

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Up to 80% of people retain some disease-causing bacteria after handwashing

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Handshakes expose 3X as much skin as a fist bump

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Handshakes last 2.7 times longer than fist bumps

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Fellow ___________ers.

It is with great pleasure that I announce _____________ is now officially a handshake-safe space. This cold and flu season, all handshaking should be replaced with fist bumping.

Not only does a fist bump spread 90% less germs than a handshake, this simple action could curb the infection of a staggering 8.5 million Canadians with cold and flu annually and potentially save the lives of some of the 3,500 Canadians we lose to cold and flu year over year.

So don’t feel weird next time you greet someone with a fist bump. This cold and flu season, it’s what we do.