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Health Report from Dr. Steve Salvatore of the American Academy of Personal Training

Last updated 6 years ago

Could shaking hands be hazardous to your health?

Although this casual contact slightly increases your risk of catching something..   New research shows it is not likely to be anything dangerous like the harmful bacteria mrsa.  This study included over 5 thousand people and found that only three cases of staph were passed from one person to the other.. None of them the dreaded mrsa.  In fact, overall 93 percent of the bacteria was harmless.

Still, the best way to lower your exposure and spread of bacteria and other germs is by frequently washing your hands.

If you're visiting a public place, like an exercise gym, make sure to thoroughly wash your hands after shaking hands or working out.  This simple practice can drastically reduce the number of hazardous bacteria on your hands.


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