Sen. Sonny Angara filed a resolution on Tuesday to discourage handshakes from COVID-19 and other diseases.
Under Senate Resolution No. 374, “citizens are urged not to use the handshake as a form of greeting to protect oneself and also other people.”
“Despite the associated social graces, the handshake poses significant health risks and has been identified as a means for passing ailments and respiratory viruses as stated by the World Health Organization,” Angara said in his resolution.
“Even during the flu season every cold months of the year, it is recommended to skip handshakes to prevent infecting others,” he said.
Angara was one of three senators who had been infected with COVID-19 in March. The other two are the Senate Major Juan Miguel Zubiri and Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III.