TWITTER POLL: With the coronavirus handshakes are out, just wave or say ‘assalamu alaikum’

MOst people are sticking to a simple wave. (File/Shutterstock)
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Updated 07 April 2020

TWITTER POLL: With the coronavirus handshakes are out, just wave or say ‘assalamu alaikum’

  • Despite the distancing some people still opt for a elbow-bump or foot-shake
  • The Arabic greeting of ‘assalamu alaikum’ remains as relevant now as always

DUBAI: As the coronavirus continues to spread, we are all having to ensure that we continue to keep our distance from each other.

But that does not mean you can’t still be polite – okay there’s no handshaking, but there are other ways to say “Hi!”

In an Arab News Twitter poll we asked how you were now greeting people – and while some were opting for inventive ways such as the foot shake or elbow-bump – most said they were sticking to a simple wave.

Of the 3,685 that took part – a resounding 62% said the wave was their preferred means of greeting, while little over 21% are putting their palms together in the ‘namaste’ greeting.

Nearly 11% of you are still opting for some contact though with the elbow-bump, while the foot-shake appears to have not really caught on at all – just 6.1% can be seen hopping about with friends.

But many said they were sticking to their roots with a simple “assalamu alaikum,” – it’s polite, culturally relevant and what many like  @rashidhasanuni do anyway.

He said: “Greetings with Salam is suffice, no need to shake the leg or hand.”

And @QrRasheed agrees: “None of the above,as saying Salam A Alikum verbally is enough!”

Now take our latest poll:


Egyptian news presenter Aya Shaheen tests positive for coronavirus

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Egyptian news presenter Aya Shaheen tests positive for coronavirus

  • Egypt has a total of 24,985 cases of coronavirus infections

DUBAI: Egyptian news presenter Aya Abdelrhman Shaheen revealed on Sunday that she tested positive for the coronavirus.
The eXtra News channel presenter posted on her Facebook page:  
“I have tested positive for the coronavirus. All I need in the upcoming period is your genuine prayers. I have great faith that I will overcome this virus thanks to your love and support. I will be back soon to tell you my experience with COVID-19.”
Egypt shortened a night curfew by one hour on Sunday as it recorded new highs in the daily increases in novel coronavirus cases and deaths.
The Health Ministry said 1,536 new cases had been confirmed including 46 deaths, bringing total cases to 24,985 and deaths to 959.
Earlier, the prime minister’s office said a night curfew would end at 5 a.m. instead of 6 a.m. The curfew begins at 8 p.m., though its start had been brought forward to 5 p.m. last week during the holiday that follows the Eid holiday at the end of Ramadan.
The curfew is one of a number of measures including the closure of schools, cafes and places of worship, that are aimed at curbing the pandemic.