9 Rude Behavior People Think Are Polite, Thanks to Coronavirus

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You don’t share office items

If until now you were the kind of colleague who helps everyone with everything, now you have to think more about yourself when it comes to your own safety. So, try to keep your office supplies only for yourself or disinfect them if you want to share them. 

“In our reality, sharing is no longer caring [and can] increase the potential danger of spreading germs and viruses,” says Parker.

However, when you go back to the office, you have to make sure that everything is clean and safe. “There should be a hand sanitizer station at the entrance and exit of every elevator,” Dr. Jay Varkey, associate professor of medicine at the Emory University School of Medicine and hospital epidemiologist at Emory University Hospital, tells CNBC Make It.

“Of course you need to be in the habit of performing hand hygiene after touching such surfaces,” Leonard A. Mermel, professor of medicine at Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and medical director in the department of epidemiology and infection control at Rhode Island Hospital, said in an IDSA briefing May 19.

 

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You don’t send physical letters

Writing your letters by hand is a great way to show other people that you are always thinking of them and it has numerous benefits as well. for instance, it helps you practice your craft, keeps you focused on choosing the right words and it helps you be authentic and practice your writing hand. Sending a letter can improve your relationship. 

But if you want to write a letter these days, you have to think again before you do this. Why? Well, if you send a letter to your loved ones, then your family or friends have to disinfect it properly and it can cause damage to its texture and colors. So, you better opt for a social media message or phone call. “Send a thank you via social media, email, or private message” instead, suggests Youst.

 

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You are pointing and gesturing a lot

Many people use their hands to speak with others and according to researchers, Holler and Beatie, gestures increase the value of our message by 60%. 

Even though “hand gestures are always a good way to accentuate a conversation,” says Thomas, you have to forget about this behavior these days. 

Nevertheless, gesturing helps you better understand other people and is very important in a conversation. “Hand gestures are really a powerful aspect of communication, from both the speaker’s and the listener’s end,” Dr. Carol Kinsey Goman, body language expert and author of The Nonverbal Advantage: Secrets and Science of Body Language at Work and The Silent Language of Leaders, told The Huffington Post. “Gesture is really linked to speech, and gesturing while you talk can really power up your thinking. Gesturing can help people form clearer thoughts, speak in tighter sentences and use more declarative language.”

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