Handshake & Gestures for Covid-19 and Future!
We are living in an abnormal time in mandatory quarantines throughout the United States. Being alone in your home is the current normal life. Our customs of being active outside our homes and seeing people are not possible at this moment in history. The meaning of Covid-19 is not the 19th version of version of the virus, it was discovered in 2019.
Social distancing is also affecting the way that we communicate to people. We are unable to simply express our feelings through touch. That would be breaking the standard of social distancing.e
The CDC recommends social distancing by staying six feet away from people in public. The coronavirus can spread through physical contact such as a handshake or warm hug. This means you cannot shake hands, hug a friend, and fist bump friendly strangers. Also, we cannot show a smile because we are wearing face masks that cover more than half of our faces.
We need to use creative gestures to communicate to people. It is time to make a few adjustments. You may actually have fun with some of these gestures.
Farewell to the handshake
Most people believe a firm handshake from a person is a sign of character. We shake hands when meeting new people, agreeing to a deal, and leaving church. Most of us do not have the thought of spreading germs or even being infected by a deadly virus such as COVID-19.
We cannot shake hands at this moment in history. Put your hands back in your pockets, and learn some new social skills. We can still communicate with friendly gestures by using simple facial expressions and body language.
The Evolution of Gestures in Culture
Some elements of hip hop culture have been adopted by people from all walks of life. Hip hop is currently the most influential media in America. People of all ages are saying “what’s up”, giving bro hugs, and fist bumping people as a friendly gesture. The older generation is catching up to the norms from hip hop culture. They want to look and act cool to impress their grandchildren.
Furthermore, these gestures are very useful forms of communication for the elderly in nursing homes. They are isolated from their loved ones. We can use these gestures to communicate to our grandparents on the other side of the window. They should understand the meaning of these common gestures.
Let them know that you care and are there for them in heart. The idea of these gestures from hip hop is to embrace people. We are all people, who should accept one another.
Due to hip hop culture, the fist bump became a popular gesture for many millennials. It was something different from your typical handshake. Rappers wanted to establish their own culture and break away from society’s norms. A fist bump is a simple bump to another people’s fist.
The safest way to say “hi” or “thank you” is by nodding our heads. Simple move your head up and bring it back down in a slow motion. We would clearly be at least six feet away from each other. It does not require any physical contact.
I Love You
The “I Love You” hand sign is one of the best gestures to express love to people from a distance. Some people are feeling lonely without their friends and family. Show your grandparent, friends, and neighbors that you love them. They cannot hear the words from your mouth, but they will understand the meaning.
You may want your neighbor or coworker to call you. It is hard to tell someone this if they are not near you. A simple “call me” gesture lets people know you want them to call you. It is a cool gesture to use. I used it at a previous job to tell a person on the other side of the room to call me.
Take a moment and step out of your house. If you see your neighbor, then do the “call me” gesture. They will understand the message, and be sure to keep your phone on!
Ezekiel Elliott of the Dallas Cowboys always tell his teammates to feed him the ball. It’s his signature celebration. We copy his celebration to tell people that we are hungry or to feed us. Friends and strangers will quickly realize the invisible spoon and bowl in our motion. We can also use the “Feed Me” gesture to ask strangers if they are hungry and direct them to where to find food and shelter.
Bring back the Thumbs Up!
We are unable to currently shake hands to agree to any business deals. I propose we give a thumbs up as a good gesture. It’s one of the oldest gestures in the book. You don’t need to teach any old timer the meaning. A simple “thumbs up” assures a person that something is good, you are happy, or agree with them.
However, a “thumbs down” can also be just as effective. We still need to communicate any negative feelings in certain situations. This gesture lets a person know you are displeased by something, and they should fix it as soon as possible.
What’s up means hi and asks “how are you” in a single sentence. It shows that you care about the person in a cool way. Most people of all ages say it to each other as it become part of our everyday language. Say “what’s up” to your neighbor or friends if you see them during a jog or on your next trip to the grocery store. You may need to speak up for those with hearing loss.
Do the following gestures and stay six feet away from family, friends and strangers.
- Feed Me!
- Head Nod
- Thumbs Up!
Our culture for communication is constantly changing in large part to hip hop culture. It has given us many unique gestures to communicate to our loved ones. We are nodding our heads today, but we could be doing a new gesture for our grandchildren in forty years. Hopefully we can return to our regular daps, bro hugs, and fist bumps sooner rather than later.