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Here’s the impressive and disgusting number of bacteria we exchange during a kiss

Here’s the impressive and disgusting number of bacteria we exchange during a kiss
Here’s the impressive and disgusting number of bacteria we exchange during a kiss

If some people prefer keep their distance with others, others like physical contact. This Saturday, July 6, is precisely the international kissing daywhich is done daily by most people in this world, but which can transmit bacteria.

While this practice is very common, it can also have some drawbacks. Indeed, physical contact between two people, especially during a kiss, leads to an exchange of a impressive number of bacteria. Some countries therefore prefer to limit physical contact.

In France, many bacteria are transmitted through proximity between people.

In France and especially in Europe, the concept of living space and proximity between each other is different than in other countries of the world. If the distance between individuals is rather around 0.8 meters here, other cultures do not have the same practices and encourage their inhabitants to stay quite far from each other. The French, for example, have in their habits of kiss each other to say hello Unlike Asians who have no skin-to-skin contact, and even less so on the face. They prefer, in fact, to greet each other from a distance or to give a sort of discreet hug.

Within the same family, however, this distance can be reduced to 40 centimeters and within a couple, to 20 centimeters. Indeed, this notion can evolve according to relationshipsby keeping people who are not part of the circle of close friends, spouses or family ever further away. While this proximity may be more or less pleasant for some, it does however lead to a very significant exchange of bacteria, even if contact is not made than by the hands.

During a kiss, many bacteria are transmitted

Every part of the human body contains bacteria that can be transmitted by touch, but also by saliva. In fact, hands and mouths contain several hundred different types of bacteria and microbes, 700 to be exact for the mouth. When two people shake hands, thousands of bacteria are transmitted. The same goes for other types of contacts like the « check » with the points or the « high five » with right hands.

For couples and individuals dating, a Dutch study found that more than 80 million bacteria are exchanged during a kiss lasting ten seconds and with the tongue. In addition, people kissing in this way more than nine times a day would share the same bacteria and germs. This explains why people get sick when the person they share their life with is also sick.

crédit photo : Shutterstock Physical contact between two people leads to an impressive exchange of bacteria.

Keeping one’s distance from others to avoid the transmission of bacteria or viruses has become commonplace since the Covid-19 epidemic.

From
the covid-19 epidemic
social distances between individuals have been increased. Indeed, it was initially recommended by health authorities to maintain a
distance of at least one meterbut above all, to no longer greet each other with a kiss on the cheek or with handshakes or other tactile gestures. The aim was to minimize the transmission of bacteria and viruses during these gestures.

David Le Breton, a sociologist at the University of Strasbourg, has rightly made a comparison between no longer having physical contact to greet each other and wearing a mask during the epidemic “It has little effect on our relationships with people, unlike the mask. Wearing it makes us less identifiable and hides our emotions. Usually, we adapt our words according to their resonance with our interlocutor, which is expressed on his face. Not knowing what the other person feels puts us in an uncomfortable situation..

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