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Diocese urges sick to stay away from Mass

In the wake of the SARS outbreak, the Diocese of Hong Kong has issued special guidelines for church activities to prevent the spread of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, an atypical pneumonia that has killed at least 10 people in Hong Kong.

Guidelines for the Prevention of the Spread of Atypical Pneumonia, a two-page document released by the Chancery on Tuesday, deals with sterilisation of churches and with close body contact during Mass, confessions and Sunday school.

The guidelines advise Catholics suffering from cough, fever or respiratory difficulty not to attend Mass, even on Sunday, but pray privately the Rosary or read the Bible instead. Use of holy water fonts at church entrances is to be discontinued temporarily.


Diocese of Hong Kong | Pastoral guidelines for the prevention of the spread of "atypical pneumonia" | Seminar on the Pastoral Guidelines for the Prevention of the Spread of Atypical Pneumonia
Killer flu halts pastoral visits to Hong Kong hospitals (18/3/03)
Pneumonia bug poses unknown threat (BBC 25/3/03)

27 Mar 2003