The experts claim polite social kissing – a brief touch of your cheek on the other person’s – was more hygienic than a handshake and so it was safe to continue that festive tradition.
But the guide says people should not kiss on the lips, ‘leave a saliva trace’ or allow a hand to wander. Air kissing and any ‘mwah’ sound effects should also be avoided.
The guide advises anyone feeling unwell to stay at home, rather than go to a party and spread swine flu. A ‘target’ should be willing so no embarrassment is caused, it is polite to ask first and do not get too close during the kiss itself.