Congresswoman Speculates: ‘Maybe We’re Never Going to Handshake Again’ After COVID-19

Congresswoman Speculates: ‘Maybe We’re Never Going to Handshake Again’ After COVID-19


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Janet Ybarra
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Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich) is speculating that handshakes might no longer be acceptable after the coronavirus outbreak is over.

“You think about what our world was like two weeks ago. It was totally different, and the world’s been turned upside down,” Dingell, a Michigan Democrat and member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said last week during a tele-conference with constituents.

“I don’t lie to people,” she continued. “I tell you what I’m thinking. We’re going to have to think differently about how we gather and maybe we’re never going to handshake again, maybe the bump becomes. Maybe we have to keep more space in between us but we will get through this. … We’ll do business maybe a tad differently but we’ll still be doing it.”

There have been more than 855,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide. The virus has killed more than 42,000.

In the United States, there have been 190,022 cases of COVID-19, with 4,102 deaths, according to the most recent figures.

After the end of the COVID-19 pandemic, Dingell said that “we’re going to need a massive infrastructure program when we get to the other side of this immediate healthcare.”

President Trump has also suggested that the public might not be able to shake hands in the future because of the coronavirus outbreak.

“Maybe people aren’t going to be shaking hands anymore,” he said.

Referring to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Trump added, “He was saying the regular flu would be cut down by quite a bit if we didn’t do that, if we didn’t shake hands.”

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