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Fist Bumps Spread Fewer Germs than Shaking Hands

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Fist bumps may be the safest greeting during cold and flu season: a new study shows the popular fist bump spreads fewer germs than shaking hands.

Research conducted in Wales found that fist bumps spread only 5% the amount of bacteria that shaking hands does, and high fives pass along about 50% the germs handshakes do.

Results of the study were published online in the American Journal of Infection Control.

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