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How are Gambians to greet each other in the face of the coronavirus threat?

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Shaking hands and hugging each other are common ways of showing closeness or intimacy in The Gambia. We are now being told by experts that coronavirus could easily be transferred from one person to another by shaking hands, hugging and being at close proximity with the person with the infection. It is still not clear how to standardize greetings and avoid misunderstanding which could easily arise when one refuses to engage in handshake with one who is not convinced that the virus could be transferred through handshake. Civic education is absolutely essential to promote a shared culture of how to greet, which is already a norm in many communities.

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