June 23, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed nearly every aspect of our lives in some way, including how we say hello. Since hugs and handshakes are currently highly discouraged, many of us are looking for new ways to connect with those around us while preventing the spread of germs. Your Wethersfield dentist believes that dental safety starts with a healthy hello, so they will be using a variety of fun, touch-free greetings during your next appointment. Here are nine ways you can safely greet your dental team and others during the coronavirus pandemic.
1.) A Friendly Wave
While many parts of our lives are new and different due to COVID-19, saying hello doesn’t have to be! A friendly wave is still a classic, universal way to show someone you care about seeing them.
In Japan, bowing can communicate several sentiments, including hello, goodbye, and thank you. If you’d like to greet someone respectfully, try giving a slight bow.
3.) Hand Over Heart
Placing your right hand over your heart is a friendly yet dignified way of saying hello. Recently, this greeting was demonstrated by WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
In Southeast Asia, the namaste is a traditional salutation. Pressing your palms together at your heart and bowing slightly demonstrates well wishes, gratitude, and respect.
The shaka is a more laid-back greeting that is popular among surfers and beachgoers. To use this island gesture, make a fist, then extend your thumb and pinky finger.
Instead of shaking hands, you can try “shaking” feet. This somewhat silly greeting has been used all over the world to prevent the spread of germs. Tapping raised feet together can be a fun way to say hello, just be sure not to lose your balance!
7.) Blow a Kiss
Many parents teach their young children to greet others by blowing a kiss. This playful gesture can still be used today, as long as you don’t touch your fingers to your lips.
8.) Air High-Five
An air high-five is a great way to enthusiastically greet someone around you or celebrate. Simply stop short several inches away from making contact with the other person’s hand to prevent the spread of germs.
9.) Just Say Hello
Words are just as meaningful as actions in some instances. Simply saying hello with a genuine smile and sincere eye contact is an excellent way to stay connected and healthy in COVID-19.
Now more than ever, it’s essential that we learn to interact with others while observing social distancing. Try any of these nine heartfelt hellos to keep yourself and others happy and healthy throughout the pandemic.
About the Practice
At Wethersfield Dental Group, nothing is more important than the wellbeing of our patients, staff, and community. After closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and adjusting our infection control protocols accordingly, we are happy to announce that we will be reopening as of May 20th, 2020. To ensure our practice is as safe and clean as possible, we have established a variety of new precautions that you will notice at your next appointment. To learn more about our Commitment to Safety, feel free to contact us via our website or at (860) 400-3007.
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