Handshake Alternatives
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Globally, instantly recognized as a friendly, respectful greeting
Easy to do
100% touchless
Maintains a safe social distance
Brief, slight bow
Brief, slight
                        bow
YES
Yes
YES
Yes
YES
Yes
YES
Yes
Elbow bump
Elbow bump
NO
No. Looks like a fist fight, or elbowing someone out of the way.
Maybe
Maybe.  Requires awkward twisting.
NO
No, but contact is minimal.
NO
No.  Too close for safety.
Jazz hands
Jazz hands
NO
No.  Looks like someone trying to call attention or shun someone, depending on the hand height.  Also used in sign language for applause instead of clapping.
YES
Yes
YES
Yes
YES
Yes
Fist bump
Fist bump
NO
No.  Looks aggressive, macho. Derived from boxing.
YES
Yes
NO
No.  Unsafe to touch hands!
NO
No
Foot bump
Foot bump
NO
No.  Looks like some kind of dance or kicking.
NO
No.  Requires good balance.
NO
No, but contact is minimal.
Maybe
Maybe
Vulcan salute
Vulcan salute
NO
No.  Understood only by Star Trek fans. May be mistaken for an offensive gesture.
NO
Requires high finger dexterity.
YES
Yes
YES
Yes

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