So how do you all handle this? When presented with the situation, do you still shake hands, even in the height of the cold and flu season?
I was thinking about this in church this morning, because churches are the worst offenders of the "shaking hands at all costs" thing. And as I watched people around me rubbing their noses, coughing and sneezing directly into their hands, I got ill just thinking about it. People do some pretty gross things with their bare hands, and then thrust them out for you to shake them happily.
During this time of year, I always avoid shaking hands. I politely tell people I'd prefer not to share my germs. Most people are OK with it, but some are utterly offended.
So what do you do? Grin and bear it, or say no way, Jose, and stick your hands in your pockets?