Handshaking is among the common forms of greeting for business around the world. As well, it is not uncommon for persons to also greet each other with a light embrace in business and social gatherings. In some culture an embrace is the preferred norm and form of greeting. To not exchange a handshake within the context of standard protocols, can very easily be interpreted as disrespectful and defined as discourteous, rude and impolite.
Mindful of the grave consequences Covid-19 (coronavirus) and the propensity to exacerbate its effects with “contact” forms of greeting, wouldn’t it be more appropriate to just bow as a form of greeting, or clasp both hands as a sign of acknowledgement and respect when greeting, until such time as we can safely return to “contact” forms of greeting?