No, it's not the title of my forthcoming apocalyptic blockbuster book! Having a swine flu advisor in the family and having received some advice from the powers-that-be on taking communion in the face of the pandemic, it seems we will have to consider how we receive the sacrament. Of course, it only arises if members of the congregation are infected, so at this stage there is no need to panic. It's good to think these things through carefully, without resorting to knee-jerk reactions.
The options are:
Continue as normal with the common cup, but the celebrant uses some alcohol-based handwash.
Take by intinction (dunk the bread in th wine, for those who don't know). This can cause more problems because of the risk of fingers ending up in the common cup.
Receive in one kind (the bread), with the celebrant receiving both the bread and the wine on behalf of the congregation.
A fourth option suggested to me over coffee this afternoon is to dispense with the common cup altogether, and use "those wee cups the Baptists use". I suspect there will be not a few among the flock who will prefer this method.
Here's another controversial suggestion: not having communion for a wee while. That way, at least everyone will have the same complaint: not partaking rather than worrying about the method we use. I don't think the Lord will mind, and it might just make us seek Him that bit more?