September 13, 2009

H1N1 Prevention Measures, Naples and the Intercession of San Gennaro

To prevent the spread of the flu, health authorities reccomend to: Stay home if you get sick. Cover your nose and mouth. Wash your hands. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

What is happening in Naples deserves attention.

Recently all Neapolitan public transportation drivers have gone on strike, paralyzing the whole city, to protest on what they believe is a lack of hygiene measures to prevent infection on busses. Because daily cleaning with chemical products is guaranteed by the public transportation company, the true reasons of this strike are still under debate and someone points out that allarmism / psycosis might have played a major role.

It is this morning's news that Neapolitan believers have been reassured by Cardinal Sepe: during the celebrations for the liquification of the blood of San Gennaro (Saint Januarius - more info on this ritual can be found here), no one will banned from kissing the saint's reliquary.
According to the Cardinal, even if there was a risk, San Gennaro "understands the true intentions of each believer's heart and can plead with God".