In an open letter, the scientists said that “we were surprised to read the request of 152 health professionals (medical and nursing staff) to reopen the churches and allow Holy Communion in the middle of a pandemic.”
152 doctors and nurses, members of the Cyprus Health Community, are calling on the “anti-scientific and dangerous for public health” positions to open churches and transfer, while also calling on the Pancyprian Medical Association to condemn “such dangerous initiatives.”, made in the name of medical science. “
Among the arguments put forward by the letter, “there is no evidence” that transmission is a source of disease transmission without any scientific documentation, as they should due to their location and role.
However, the existing scientific literature, they add, explicitly states that the infectivity of each microorganism depends on the properties of the bacterial or viral carrier. Covid-19 is a new viral agent whose properties have not yet been elucidated, so the security argument is not correct.
Also, 152 continue to ignore scientific literature that highlights the risk of serious infections from shared utensils. Surprisingly, as they report, they are precautionary measures (keeping distances, masks, etc.) for the other phases of the operation, which shows the inconsistency and absurdity of their positions, which even the Church itself does not share.
The members of scientific Group call on the 152 to assume their responsibilities as health professionals and as citizens and to revoke their unscientific and dangerous public health positions;
They also call on the Pancyprian Medical Association and other health care professionals to take a public stand against these positions, which are not just personal beliefs of 152 but express their status as doctors and nurses. The Pancyprian Medical Association and the other institutions must therefore condemn such dangerous initiatives, which are being taken in the name of medical science, they note.
Finally, they call on the State to follow the path of scientific consent and to be guided by decisions of reputable international scientific health institutions, as it has done so far.