The rubbing of bodies is also the transmission of the energy of souls. The hug is a way of transmitting affection, recognition, love and friendship. Socially, in Latin and Mediterranean countries, and in most places in Europe, America and Africa, the hug is not only a symbol, but a way of greeting those close to you, both inside and outside. This is not the case in Asia, where in most countries the common greeting is usually from a distance because the greeting is fundamentally a way of showing respect. A respect that is also recognition, but that leads to different forms of social demonstration. A bow of the head, hands together, are the usual way of greeting, leaving the closeness of the bodies for the most intimate relationships between people.
The embrace is warmth, heat, fusion,entanglement of spirits , not just of bodies. The pandemic has imposed social rules and also personal conditions. Contact could lead to contagion and this is very present in the recommendations and almost impositions made by those in charge of health and public authorities.
We not only cover our faces … we also keep expressions of friendship and affection. Everything has changed… and we don’t really know for how long. Will Covid-19 affect this aspect of life temporarily or more permanently? Will we change our habits permanently, given that, possibly, fear and precautions in contact between people will be prolonged? We don’t know … because no one knows for sure what the duration or latency of the pandemic will be. Nor if new viruses can emerge. For this reason, it seems that, together with the change in work and leisure modes … the change in relationships is going to happen. In fact, before the Covid emerged and spread, technology and social networks had established new remote greeting codes: likes, emoticons … Affection is drawn and sensations are communicated with graphic representations … It is a change deep social that has come to stay … but we hope that over time does not replace those hallmarks of emotions that were our hugs.