Australians nonetheless shouldn’t kiss, hug or handshake


As coronavirus instances and lockdown restrictions ease it’s simple to neglect about a number of the earliest recommendation given about stopping the coronavirus unfold.

But Australian deputy chief medical officer Dr Nick Coatsworth has mentioned that the weekend upswing in COVID-19 instances in Victoria ought to function a “timely reminder” concerning the “personal responsibility” all of us have in stopping the virus’ unfold.

This contains conserving our distance from others and never hugging, kissing or hugging family and friends as many people reunite for the primary time in months resulting from eased restrictions.

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“Well that’s certainly my personal view, these are the sort of things that have to stay the same,” Dr Coatsworth mentioned when requested if Australians may resume handshaking and hugging.

“There are various things that help us transmit the virus and very close contact is one of them.”

Dr Coatsworth conceded it was “a hard thing to remember” to not hug or shake fingers, however was extra vital than different measures like face masks.

“You’ve got to catch yourself out now when you see your friends and family who you haven’t seen for a long time, but these things are nonetheless important and are arguably far more important then say wearing masks,” he mentioned.

People outdoors of Victoria ought to nonetheless be cautious of any shut contact and keep in mind “critically important” social distancing measures.

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“Importantly as well for those states where restrictions are lifting, that doesn’t imply a lifting of our personal behaviour standards that we’ve become so used to,” Dr Coatsworth mentioned.

“So the critically important elements to stopping the virus transmitting from one person to another (are) excellent hand hygiene, downloading the COVIDSafe app, keeping our distance where we can, and importantly playing very close attention to our own symptoms.”

Despite different nations like Britain and the United States encouraging the sporting of masks in public, Dr Coatsworth mentioned Australia was but to succeed in some extent the place face coverings have been vital.

The place that we now have taken, the AHPPC (Australian Health Protection Principal Committee), on face masks use particularly stays the identical,” he mentioned.

“In this circumstance where we only have very low levels of community transmission, that the value of face masks in the community is limited and that recommendation hasn’t changed.”


Back in mid-March Prime Minister Scott Morrison instructed Australians it was not protected to handshake.

“No more handshakes,” he mentioned throughout a stay tackle.

“This is a new thing we’ve moved to, something I will be practising, my cabinet members and others are practising.

“This is not something that was necessarily a key requirement weeks ago but it’s just another step up now.”

NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard advisable that individuals change hand shaking with different greetings, saying it was “not necessary”.

“It is a very Australian thing to do to put your hand out and shake hands for example,” he mentioned.

“I’d be suggesting it’s time that Aussies truly gave one another a pat on the again in the meanwhile.