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The Nuance

Can We Hug Yet?

Experts disagree when it comes to a hug’s potential to spread Covid-19

Elemental
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4 min readJun 11, 2020

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At the start of the pandemic, hugs wouldn’t have ranked high on most people’s list of major deprivations. But after months of social distancing, a lot of grandparents, siblings, and loved ones are surely desperate to give one another a good squeeze.

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Markham Heid
Elemental

I’m a frequent contributor at TIME, the New York Times, and other media orgs. I write mostly about health and science. I like long walks and the Grateful Dead.