Namaste: The traditional indian way of greeting goes global during coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

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Date: April-June 2020
Publisher: Medknow Publications and Media Pvt. Ltd.
Document Type: Editorial
Length: 936 words
Lexile Measure: 1530L

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Byline: Rashi. Singh, Gaurav. Singh, Vishram. Singh

Namaste is an expression of goodwill and welcome to each other. There are various ways of greetings in different countries and cultures; however, the common one's are Namaste , handshake, and bowing forward.

The Namaste is a customary Hindu greeting in the Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia, and Indian Diaspora, worldwide.[1]

Although this way of greeting is in existence since the ancient Vedic times, recently it grabbed the attention of the whole world due to rampant spread of coronavirus disease by physical contact, leading to huge toll of deaths across the geographies.

The Namaste is spoken with a slight bow of head and hands pressed together with palms touching and fingers pointing upwards and thumbs facing towards the chest of the person greeting, as in worship pose [Figure 1].{Figure 1}

The other person also responds in the same fashion. The literal meaning of term Namaste is 'I bow to the divine in you' . Thus, it is an attempt to unite the spiritual oneness among two people.

Since in this form of greeting, there is no physical contact. It reduces the chance of infection which could otherwise spread in the hospital and community environment. There is enough scientific evidence that microorganisms spread through the hands of patients, their relatives, and healthcare workers.[2]

The WHO had advised that hygiene is the first pillar of safety to patients.[2] It had...

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