• 抗击埃博拉:触碰的力量
  • 发布时间:2016-04-24 21:44 | 作者:[db:作者] | 来源:[db:出处] | 浏览:1200 次
  •   Touch is the first sense that we develop in the womb, and throughout life it continues to elicit strong emotional responses, and remains a powerful way to connect to other humans. Ebola is a disease that preys on1) touch—it is not airborne, and can only be transmitted through direct contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person. This means that the only way to stay safe in the regions affected by the current outbreak (the worst in history) is to touch no one.
      In Liberia, one of the countries most affected by the outbreak, this means people are estranging themselves from a key part of their culture. As the New York Times reported this weekend, in Liberia, “closeness is expressed through physical contact.” The traditional greeting is a double-cheek kiss—not possible anymore when even a few drops of saliva could expose you to the virus. Washington Post reporter Lenny Bernstein noted during his visit to the country the prevalence of a new, warier greeting: the “Liberian handshake,” bumping fully-clothed elbows.
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