Are you worried about the spread of germs when you shake someone's hand? A new study may put your mind at ease during this handshake-happy time of year.
Researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health looked at the risk of acquiring bacteria such as Staph and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) through handshakes at graduation ceremonies ranging from elementary school to college. They only a slight risk of acquiring disease-causing bacteria and only three instances of Staphylococcus aureus out of the thousands of handshakes (a rate of 0.019 pathogens per handshake). What's more, 93 percent of the bacteria they found were harmless.
If you're still worried and it makes you feel better, carry a bottle of hand-sanitizer in your purse, but remember, .
– Abby Cuffey, Associate Health Editor