Healthy Handshakes: Keeping the cold to yourself

by epi on December 6, 2012

Q: I had a terrible cold the other day at work.  Just as I was blowing my nose at my desk, my manager walked up to introduce someone, and he immediately reached out to shake hands.  What should I have done?  I felt terrible having to shake his hand, but I can’t go to the bathroom every time I have to blow my nose.

A: It’s perfectly acceptable to smile, look the person it the eye, and say: “Mr. Jones, it’s a pleasure to meet you.  Please excuse me for not shaking hands, but I have a bad cold, and I don’t want to give it to you.”

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