[quote="MichaelHowling, post:2, topic:311684"]
I personally wouldin't myself. I think we should not be worrying about sicknesses when we're recieve the Great healer of the sick. Not trying to be presumptious or roll any dice as it applies to germs and such.............but it is such an intimate moment for myself .....such a moment of faith for our community that is usually always kept in a state of doubts, fears, anxieties...........I think it should be kept as a moment when all of that can be set aside when we come to recieve Him if only for a few seconds.
But ... if a flu epidemic (an outbreak of a contagious disease that spreads rapidly and widely) causes the suspension of the distribution of the Precious Blood (because "dishes belonging to those who are sick should not be shared without washing thoroughly first"), should Communion on the tongue not also be discouraged as "a person might also get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth or nose"? If a person has the flu - whether they know it or not - and the priest accidentally touches any part of their mouth while distributing Communion on the tongue, he can pass the flu virus on to others.
According to the CDC, "Most healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick. Children may pass the virus for longer than 7 days. Symptoms start 1 to 4 days after the virus enters the body. That means that you may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick. Some persons can be infected with the flu virus but have no symptoms. During this time, those persons may still spread the virus to others."
(from "How the Flu Spreads" from the CDC)
BTW, this is the reason I take wipes and hand sanitizer everywhere I go, all year round; and I refuse to hold hand during the Our Father or shake hands with anyone during the sign of peace.