The Professor of Epidemiology, Athena Linou, made today an important statement.
Speaking on ERT TV this morning, Athina Linou was asked whether it was possible that the COVID-19 was transmitted through Holy Communion.
The professor stressed that there was no epidemiological study that proves such a thing.
In particular, referring to the issue of Holy Communion in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Athina Linou noted: “I have to admit that there is no epidemiological study that proves that the disease is transmitted through ingestion of saliva, including the virus itself. There is no study.”
Athina Linou noted: “I am a faithful Orthodox Christian, and I know that there are also Divine Liturgies such as that of Saint James in which it is not required to distribute Holy Communion with the same spoon.”
She also stressed that, since it is a new virus, the COVID-19 has not been scientifically proven to be transmitted through ingestion, using a common spoon.
“I do not think we can deal with spiritual and Orthodox issues with logic. The metaphysical is not proven. But I insist that there is no world study that demonstrates that the virus is transmitted through ingestion,” the epidemiologist concluded.
Asked by the journalist if she would receive Holy Communion at this time, she replied: “I would, of course.”