Communion during the flu season

Last weekend, it was announced in all parishes in the Diocese of Brooklyn that communion would not be given from the cup for the remainder of the swine flu season ... Just wondering how this is being handled elsewhere. Is there a "no touch" policy for the kiss of peace? And are there any dioceses where an announcement was made that communicants should receive the host only in their hands, rather than the mouth?

Paul Moses, a contributing writer at Commonweal, is the author of The Saint and the Sultan: The Crusades, Islam and Francis of Assisi's Mission of Peace (Doubleday, 2009) and An Unlikely Union: The Love-Hate Story of New York's Irish and Italians (NYU Press, 2015). Follow him on Twitter @PaulBMoses. 

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