by Sarah JF Braley | June 26, 2020
Humans crave touch, and holding someone in your arms is one of the best -- and nicest -- ways to satisfy that craving. Tara Parker-Pope of the New York Times spoke with Linsey Marr, an aerosol scientist at Virginia Tech and one of the world's leading experts on airborne disease transmission, about the risk of viral exposure during a hug. The upshot? The risk during a brief hug can be surprisingly low. Make it even smaller by turning your head away during the hug. Also, the article suggests, wear a mask, hug outdoors, and try to avoid touching the other person's body or clothes with your face and your mask. And don't hug someone who is coughing or has other symptoms. Your psyche will thank you for getting in touch.