• How do you handle those people that sort of rush up to you and want to give you a hug?

    Asked by Leuky on Monday, July 22, 2019

    How do you handle those people that sort of rush up to you and want to give you a hug?

    I am freaking out about germs and other people's colds/flu, etc. I don't want to seem rude but I don't know what to do other than throw my hands up and sort of shield myself from them. Do you have an easy line that is easily understandable to most people that you say to them before they can get your wrapped up?

    8 Answers from the Community

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    • andreacha's Avatar

      I wear my mask whenever I am out. I've noticed people hesitate much more when thinking of a hug, etc when they see the mask. They are not quite sure if you are protecting yourself against their germs OR you are trying not to spread your germs to them. So far, so good. Give it a try and see if you notice a difference.

      6 months ago
    • Leuky's Avatar

      Good idea! Thanks!

      6 months ago
    • po18guy's Avatar

      Mask and gloves. Start hacking and coughing when you see them turn your way and they'll be gone!

      6 months ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      I looked like warmed over death when I was deep into my chemo. We lived away from our home town during that treatment so we didn't know anyone in Memphis where I was working and getting treatments. But when we would go home everyone had heard about my diagnosis and being from a Southern State, we have a lot of hugging around here. I never paid any attention to it really. But now, I'm much older and much more aware of others that are sickly looking/acting and even though I'm not in treatments now, I still try to stray away from them. Good ideas on the mask, I hadn't thought of that.

      6 months ago
    • JaneA's Avatar

      I avoided social occasions and church - the two main hugging areas.

      6 months ago
    • cllinda's Avatar

      I told everyone Elbow Bumps Only! It worked with my family and friends! I had chemo during the winter and I couldn't take any chances.

      6 months ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar

      I was that weirdo who never worried about germs. If someone wanted (or wants) to hug me, I just hug 'em back. I have been that unusual person who, even during the worst of the chemo, didn't suffer from low white blood counts so my body was able to keep me safe even when some of the inconsiderate idiots I worked with came to the office with the flu or bronchitis.

      6 months ago
    • Rider's Avatar

      I give them a 3-second evaluation as they are approaching if I decide that they are a sneezy, sniffling, sickly person I ward them off. If they seem OK, I'll open my arms. Then get some germX.

      6 months ago

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