The world is greeting with Namaste!
Coronavirus has become a pandemic and the world is scared, with over 1,45,816 people testing positive and 5438 deaths registered till now.
Though, there is a list of basic precautions that need to be followed to avoid the spread of the virus, including washing your hands for at least 2-minutes and avoiding physical contact with others.
Avoiding handshakes and hugs, the world is taking a namaste route now. More and more public figures are adopting namaste to reduce physical contact.
US President Donald Trump
US President Trump and visiting Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar greeted each other in the traditional Indian way of namaste.
"When I got back from India, I did not shake any hands. And it's very easy because they go like this," Trump said as he showed reporters the Namaste pose.
Prince Charles started trending after he was spotted greeting people with a Namaste at the London Palladium on March 11. The video of Prince of Wales switching from a handshake to Namaste has gone viral.
French President Emmanuel also joins the namaste bandwagon. The President welcomed King Felipe of Spain and his wife in Paris by pressing his palms together and bowing slightly.
Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu
Israel's PM Benjamin Netanyahu asked his countrymen to adopt Namaste and ditch the handshake. He also demonstrated how to do a namaste.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
PM Modi asked people not to panic and said, "The world due to coronavirus outbreak is shifting towards greeting someone from handshakes to namaste. And Each of us should do the same."