The Inner Circle blog in Lebanon is reporting what it calls “an absurd” idea proposed by the Lebanese Heath Minister Mohammad Khalifeh as a means to prevent the Swine Flu from spreading. Israel, the country bordering Lebanon to the south, has already confirmed one case of the virus.
“If you visit someone, don’t exchange kisses… Let’s stop the social kissing habit,” Khalifeh said in a Reuters news story.
Like in Lebanon where people traditionally greet each other with 3 kisses, over here in Israel, you can find the younger secular generation opting for a single smooch on the cheek or a double — on each side of the cheek. It’s delivered along with a semi-hug.
With the country’s first reported case of Swine Flu announced yesterday, abstinence from the social norm of kissing, may be a cheap and effective method from coming into contact with the infection.
Since it appears to be afflicting totally healthy people, it’s not yet clear if taking immune boosters, or natural remedies will do anything to keep the immune system in check and protected.
It’s probably hype anyway, but instead of investing in expensive and probably ineffective solutions, maybe just refrain from the kiss?