No handshakes, more face masks: What I learned from Japan about battling COVID-19

When the pandemic lifts, what will you look forward to doing? Choices include getting a haircut, going to a baseball game or exchanging palm sweat with strangers. I’m sorry, I meant, shaking hands.To defeat the coronavirus and prevent future outbreaks, Americans need to reassess some ingrained social customs and lax sanitary practices that once were no big deal but during this crisis generate a collective “ewww.”Shaking hands is one. I’m also wondering why we didn’t previously embrace the use of face masks in public to prevent contagions from spewing. And while I’m at it, have you ever conside...


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