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Elbows Are Hot; Sleeves Are For Sneezes

"On the upside of the recent flu mania," NPR's Linton Weeks writes this afternoon, "one oft-neglected, seldom noticed and, come to think of it, very weird body part is receiving a new wave of attention: the elbow."

As Linton notes:

Health officials are recommending that people cough into their elbows as the preferred way to handle expectoration. And almost-surgeon-general Sanjay Gupta of CNN recommends touching elbows instead of shaking hands or bumping fists.

All of a sudden, the status of elbows has been elevated. Elbows are everywhere. Elbows are Elvis.

(Linton hails from Tennessee, so he knows from fried peanut butter, bacon and banana sandwiches.)

Need more proof that elbows are hot? Check out this three-year-old video that's enjoying something of a "flu bounce" these days on the Web:

"Don't Gimme Five!" for which way you think folks should greet each other these days (Mark prefers the "snap and flick").

Two NPR employees demonstrate their new greeting

NPR health correspondent Allison Aubrey and All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen illustrate one of their "safe" greeting styles — the "snap and flick." Becky Lettenberger/NPR hide caption

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