A brief note concerning Communion & Coronavirus

Some Common-Sense Guidelines for Home and when Out in Public
The following guidelines are from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia. They are posted to help prevent the spread of infection of the COVID-19 Virus (also known as the Coronavirus). We recommend all parishioners to become knowledgeable of these guidelines and to stay safe. 

Clean your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Below, popular Food Network and Food Channel host Alton Brown (*Good Eats and Iron Chef America) gives a wonderfully quirky but informative demonstration on how to properly wash your hands with ordinary soap and water to help prevent the spread of viruses like CoVID-19 and others. NOTE: Alton Brown is not affiliated with the CDC or All Saints of North America. Video is included as a visual aid.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Food Network's Alton Brown Demonstrates Proper Hand-Washing

Avoid close contact

Stay home if you’re sick

  • Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick. (*If you are unable to attend Church, contact Fr. Benedict and he will make a house visit with the Gifts -Reserved Sacrament for the Sick  -Editor's Note).

Cover coughs and sneezes

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.

  • Throw used tissues in the trash.

  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Wear a facemask if you are sick

  • If you are sick:  You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.

  • If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.

Clean and disinfect

  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

To disinfect:
Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work. Use disinfectants appropriate for the surface.

Options include:

  • Diluting your household bleach.
    To make a bleach solution, mix:

    • 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water
      OR

    • 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water

    Follow manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation. Check to ensure the product is not past its expiration date. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser. Unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted.

  • Alcohol solutions.
    Ensure solution has at least 70% alcohol.

  • Other common EPA-registered household disinfectants.
    Products with EPA-approved emerging viral pathogens pdf  claims are expected to be effective against COVID-19 based on data for harder to kill viruses. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products (e.g., concentration, application method and contact time, etc.).

ABOUT US

We are a Western Rite Orthodox Mission of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR). We serve the ancient Liturgy of Pope Saint Gregory the Great.

We are a community of Orthodox Christians who strive to love and to serve our local community and to bear witness to the Gospel of our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ.

ADDRESS

(404)543-1289

 

2289 North Decatur Road

Decatur, Georgia 3003

allsaints.atla@gmail.com

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