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how coronavirus spread by handshake, brief explanation? lets say i washed my hand before handshake, is there still any risk?

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
52 years experience Infectious Disease
Hand washing: If someone has coronavirus (or influenza or a common cold), s/he may have virus on hands after touching their nose or face. Your hand picks up the virus when hand shaking, then you touch your own face, mouth, eyes, etc. (Most people touch their faces several times an hour, often without realizing it.) Washing before handshake makes no difference; wash (or hand sanitizer) afterward, not before.
Answered on Mar 15, 2020
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
A/W Dr. Handsfield: If you have germs on your hands & wash them well - it will help to protect the person whom you shake hands with. However, it will not protect you from getting the virus off of some one else's hands. Washing your hands thoroughly is very important. Try to avoid touching your mouth, nose or face if possible - as these are portals for entry for viruses if your hands are contaminated.
Answered on Mar 22, 2020
Dr. Ernesto Pretto jr.
43 years experience Anesthesiology
No Handshake: Its safer to avoid shaking hands altogether.
Answered on Mar 16, 2020

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