Using your elbow to bump with someone else to prevent the spread of coronavirus
A Corona bump is a type of greeting where people bump their elbows together instead of shaking hands. This action is taken to reduce the risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus. The term took off in the U.S. in early March 2020 when the virus began to spread more rapidly.
Health officials and public figures started using this elbow bump instead of the traditional handshake. As this practice became more common, it got the name “Corona bump” on social media and other online platforms.
This alternative greeting is related to the global push for social distancing, which helps to slow the spread of the virus. However, it’s important to note that this method is not entirely foolproof. The virus could still be spread through droplets expelled when someone coughs or sneezes.
And, even if you’re only bumping elbows, you might still be close enough to be exposed to these droplets. Consequently, some folks opt for a safer greeting like an “air-five” or a mimed handshake, always ensuring they are at least 6 feet away from the other person.
Example for using ‘Corona Bump’ in a conversation
Hey! I heard about this new thing called the 🦠 Corona Bump. Have you tried it?
Yeah, I have! It’s like a handshake but with elbows instead. Trying to be safe during this pandemic. 🤝
That’s cool! I guess it’s better than shaking hands and potentially spreading the virus. 😷
Definitely! It’s a small change we can make to protect ourselves and others. Plus, it’s kind of fun doing the elbow bump. 😄
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