Due to the Coronavirus epidemic, yesterday we were advised by medical experts to no longer hug, shake hands, or even kiss in public to avoid catching the germs that are lurking to get us.
This is going to be really tough as we are a very huggy, handshaking nation, and to hold back can give offence. A hug between strangers is seen as a sign of a warm welcome, or a kind goodbye, solace in sadness, congratulations, It is the gift of love.
Men shake hands all the time, especially during the working day. It is the sign of trust from Roman times, showing that the hand was not holding a knife to stab with, so they say.
Mates shake hands on meeting.Now we are told they can pat each other on the back.
I can see the whole nation going into an emotional decline if this goes on.
I am not doubting the seriousness of the situation as far as the virus. I am in the most at risk bracket, but hugs from family and friends keep me going.
On a lighter note seems I am spreading giggles instead of germs, without doing it intentionally. I write as I think. People quote me years later!
On a serious medical support site I made someone giggle, she said.
I am well pleased. Maybe the light at the end of that tunnel I am always going on about is me?