UK Government Scientist Suggests Vulcan Salute as Replacement for Shaking Hands

With social distancing becoming the new normal, people are wondering how to greet each other without contact. London’s University College Professor Robert West, who advises UK Government ministers on behavioral science, thinks Star Trek can provide the solution.

West suggests the Vulcan salute could work as a new form of universal greeting. “It means live long and prosper – so in the current situation it is particularly apt,” West says. The greeting which involves parting your hand between the middle and index fingers, with the thumb extended could prove a bit tricky. The British professor and sci-fi fan admitted that even though he can do it as he has “had practice,” the gesture may prove “too hard” for some, and therefore it might not catch on.