Churches Take Flu Precautions

September 13, 2019 posted by


PETER: THE SEVERE FLU SEASON HAS CHANGED THE WAY WE INTERACT, EVEN AT CHURCH. LAURIE PEREZ SHOWS US WHY DOCTORS AND CLERGY SAY IF YOU HOPE TO AVOID THE FLU, YOU’LL HAVE TO DO MORE THAN PRAY ABOUT IT. REPORTER: AT INGLEWOOD HOLY FAITH EPISCOPAL CHURCH, THEY ARE PRAISING GOD AND CELEBRATING THE SPIRIT AND TRYING NOT TO GET SICK. IF YOU’RE SICK DON’T GO TO WORK AND DON’T COME TO CHURCH. REPORTER: THIS IS ONE OF THE FEW TIMES YOU WILL HEAR MAN OF THE CLOTH SAY THAT BUT FOR GOOD REASON. THE CDC DECLARED IT HAD REACHED EPIDEMIC LEVELS SPREADING IN EVERY STATE EXCEPT HAWAII. CHURCHES IN MAINE HAVE RESTRICTED PARISHIONERS FROM SHAKING HANDS OR HOLDING HANDS. THE ARCHDIOCESE SAYS THEY HAVE NOT TAKEN THOSE KINDS OF PRECAUTIONS BUT THAT MIGHT CHANGE. CALIFORNIA HEALTH OFFICIAL SAID LAST WEEK WAS THE DEADLIEST WEEK OF FLU SEASON SO FAR. 32 PEOPLE DIED OF THE FLU. AT HOLY FAITH THEY ARE TRYING TO SPREAD THE GOOD WORD WITHOUT SPREADING ANYTHING ELSE PER THEY CONTINUE TO OFFER SHARED CUP COMMUNION BUT ASK CONGREGANTS TO BE CAREFUL. WE ARE REALLY BIG ON PASSING THE PIECE WHICH MEANS WERE HUGGING AND SHAKING HANDS AND IT’S A LOT OF FELLOWSHIP. WERE NOT STOPPING BUT WERE JUST ASKING PEOPLE TO BE MINDFUL DURING FLU SEASON. IF YOU KNOW YOU’RE SICK OR YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS, SELF POLICE YOURSELF. DOCTOR JANET FRANKLIN ECHOES THAT COURTESY. USUALLY PEOPLE WILL SAY DON’T HUG ME BUT I’M SICK. SHE ALSO HAS FAITH IN SOMETHING OUT. I BELIEVE IN TAKING THE FLU VACCINE.

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