Hands off! A Belgian idea to dodge swine flu

20th July 2009, Comments 0 comments

To avoid swine flu, avoid shaking hands. So says the main employers' group in Belgium's affluent Dutch-speaking Flanders region.

BRUSSELS - "If your staff comes into contact with many people, they can limit the danger of infection by not shaking hands," UNIZO says on its Internet site, where it has posted a list of tips on how to deal with the A(H1N1) virus.

"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.


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