Roughly one-third of those surveyed for a Canadian Press Harris-Decima poll said they were less inclined to shake hands because of the H1N1 virus.

Even more — 52 per cent — reported that someone else had declined to shake hands with or hug them because they were worried about spreading the virus.

But the poll suggested these precautions aren’t new — almost two in three people declined to touch others in the past for fear of passing along an illness.

“Canadians are pretty familiar already with the more polite habit of avoiding things like hugs or handshakes when you or someone you are with has a virus,” said Doug Anderson, senior vice-president at Harris-Decima.

At least one Canadian shrine is resistant to people’s worries about catching or spreading H1N1 — the Hockey Hall of Fame, home of the Stanley Cup.

Spokeswoman Kelly Masse says people often still kiss and touch the cup. “We clean it every night,” she said.