Hands off! A Belgian idea to dodge swine flu
To avoid swine flu, avoid shaking hands. So says the main employers' group in Belgium's affluent Dutch-speaking Flanders region.
"The message is: wash your hands regularly with soap," it adds.
"If it can help, let's do it," explained Karel Van Eetvelt, the group's chief executive, on French-language RTBF television. "I think other ways can be found to greet people."
But Daniel Reynders, a doctor who is the Belgian government's pointman on influenza, said it was "premature and useless" to stop shaking hands -- given that Belgium has so far seen relatively few cases of swine flu.