Samantha Power attempts the ‘Ebola Handshake’ with Dr Peter Graaf, the WHO representative to Liberia
Since the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, hazmat suits and specialised isolation units have become common tools in the quest to curb the spread of the deadly virus.
A new variation on a handshake, however, is slightly less common, but it’s exactly what a UN ambassador is championing.
Samantha Power, the US ambassador to the UN unveiled the ‘Ebola handshake’ by touching elbows with Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the president of Liberia, at a press conference.
She has since extended the handshake to health officials directly dealing with Ebola, despite the fact that the disease is not thought to be contagious through human contact, only spreading through bodily fluids.
Concerned Facebook users have criticised the handshake, with one posting on a group titled ‘Ebola Virus Tracker.’
‘This handshake is REAL! We can’t let this…
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