According to the World Health Organization, COVID-19 is spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are shared when a person with the virus coughs or exhales. The droplets land on objects or surfaces and are picked up when others touch those places, then touch their eyes, nose or mouth.
While the corona virus presents a very low threat at the moment, at the Cathedral we are taking every precaution to safeguard parishioners. Additionally, we are constantly monitoring news from the World Health Organization, Center for Disease Control, and, scientific reports from epidemiologists.
Advice for preventing spread of COVID-19:
Do not panic!
Wash your hands with soap and water! (20 seconds minimum-about the time it takes to recite the Lord’s Prayer). Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your mouth, nose, and eyes with your hands.
- Stay at home if you are sick to protect yourself and others.
- Maintain at least a three foot distance for people who are ill.
- If you haven’t received a flu shot, get one now.
Concerning the Eucharist: Bishop Michael Hunn shared the following with congregations in the Diocese:
“As the flu season continues, and amid growing concerns about the possible spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, now is a good time to remind everyone about best practices for hygiene during Eucharist and other services.
Parishioners who are coughing or sneezing should refrain from handshaking during the Peace. Fist bumps, elbow bumps, friendly waves, and peace signs are all acceptable substitutes.
Avoid intinction (the dipping of the bread into the wine). Intinction does little to avoid the spread of disease and may actually increase the spread, as the bread or wafer spends more time in the (possibly unclean) hand before being dipped in the wine.
There has never been much evidence of risk of disease associated with the shared communion cup, but of course each parishioner must make up their own minds about its use.”
KEEP CALM AND WASH YOUR HANDS!
Faithfully, Diane Butler, Jr. Warden