After the World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared the coronavirus to be a pandemic, medical experts have advised people not to greet each other with a handshake. Hugs, high fives and side kisses are also to be avoided.

In the light of this, people are adopting unique ways to greet each other. The Indian namaste or ‘the Wuhan Shake’ has become the go-to way to greet each other now so much so that even the royals have now adopted it.

A video of Prince Charles which has gone viral on social media, shows him finding it difficult to avoid shaking hands when greeting people.


The Prince of Wales arrived at the Prince’s Trust Awards, held at the London Palladium, where he attempted to shake the hand of Sir Kenneth Olisa, the Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London. After extending his hand, the 71-year-old remembered the precautions and he placed his palms together for a ‘Namaste‘ instead.

   Prince Harry was also spotted giving singer Craig David an anti-coronavirus “elbow bump” greeting at the Commonwealth Day service in London.

Meanwhile, check out how other world leaders are greeting each other amidst the pandemic.

IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva and World Bank Group President David Malpass bump elbows at the end of a joint press briefing on COVID-19 in Washington, DC.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi being welcomed by BJP president JP Nadda as he arrives to attend the BJP Board meeting at BJP HQ in New Delhi
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, who heads the government’s coronavirus task force, greets a woman at the Washington State Emergency Operations Center during a tour at Camp Murray near Tacoma, Washington.