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Javier Ansorena

New York correspondent

Updated:04/09/2020 06: 16h

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Spain, Italy, USA and the rest of the countries most affected by the coronavirus are still in full fight against the pandemic. After weeks of confinement, there is no clear horizon on when and at what rate the normality of daily life recovers: work, social and family relationships, travel, hobbies … Perhaps the world will not be completely like before the coronavirus. That’s what Anthony Fauci, the US medical authority, seems to point to. Infectious diseases and a familiar face for Americans as a leading member of the White House task force on the pandemic. In an interview this Wednesday with “The Washington Journal”, he acknowledged that the return to normality will not be a trick and that there will be practices related to the containment of the epidemic that will continue. «One of them is compulsive washing of hands. The other is never shake hands with anyone“, said.

He went further: “I think we shouldn’t shake hands again, if I have to be honest. Not only would it be good for preventing coronavirus; it would also decrease cases of the flu. ”

USA It is the country with the most cases in the world, with more than 430,000 infections, and has accounted for nearly 15,000 deaths. The vast majority of its 327 million inhabitants They are under confinement orders (although in most cases you can go for a walk and exercise if you maintain physical distance) and the White House has recommended social distancing regulations for the entire country since March 16.

Later, during the President’s daily press conference, Donald Trump insisted on his stance on shaking hands: “It might sound crazy, but it really will have to be that way.”

During several moments of the crisis, Trump himself has assured that he never really liked shaking hands and that he has had to get used to it since his arrival in politics. However, he has warned that the coronavirus may change that social habit.

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