WHO asks not to salute with the elbow

When people in the world began to make a habit of greeting each other with their elbows, to avoid contagion with COVID-19, the World Health Organization, WHO, recommended not to continue doing so.

Tedros Adhanom, director of the entity, explained that to greet each other with the elbow, since according to he said, This does not allow keeping the necessary distance to avoid the spread of the coronavirus.

Faced with the recommendation, Diana Ortega, head of the Innovation Strategic Alliance at Red Eléctrica de España, wrote a message on her Twitter account: “The WHO advises against saluting with the elbow: it is best to put your hand on your heart. The director of the WHO, @Dr Tedros rejects this greeting because the safety distance is not kept and the virus may be transmitted through the skin ”.

Likewise, the World Health Organization underlined the importance of investing in a “robust” public health system to face pandemics such as the coronavirus, which “will pass, but it will not be the last.”

In a speech on the occasion of the 70th session of the WHO regional committee for Europe, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stressed that one of the “most painful lessons” of this pandemic is that, just as countries invest in their military infrastructure, they must do so in public health, in order to prevent and respond quickly to possible outbreaks.

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