Just wondered what type of precautions are taking place in people's parishes to help prevent the spread of the Swine Flu. Today in Mass it was announced that:
1. Holy Communion would only be offered under one kind.
2. A friendly smile was to replace the hand shake for the sign of peace.
3. Holy water fonts would for the time being remain empty.
I myself would just like to emphasis the important of basic hand hygiene as the Flu viruses are made up of tiny particles that can be spread through the droplets that come out of your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze.
When you cough or sneeze without covering your nose and mouth with a tissue, those droplets can spread and others will be at risk of breathing them in. If you cough or sneeze into your hand, those droplets and the germs in them are then easily spread from your hand to any hard surfaces that you touch, and they can live on those surfaces for some time.
Everyday items such as door handles, computer keyboards, mobile and ordinary phones and the TV remote control are all common surfaces where flu viruses can be found. If other people touch these surfaces and then touch their faces, the germs can enter their systems and they can become infected. That’s how all cold and flu viruses, including swine flu, are passed on from person to person.
Hand-washing technique with soap and water: NHS