Interview: Is Fist Bumping Healthier Than Hand Shaking?

By Jenna Laine
Host, Your Wake Up Call

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It might have started out as the cool athlete-to-athlete way of saying “nice play, man,” but now you might want to seal your next business deal with a fist bump.

The knuckle knocking – made even more famous by President Obama and noted germaphobes like game-show host Howie Mandel – is a much more hygienic way of exchanging pleasantries, according to researchers in Wales.

Because there isn’t as much skin-to-skin contact, fist bumps transfer significantly fewer bacteria than the more common handshakes.

ABC’s Scott Goldberg joined us for more information.

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