So sad. Also so sad that people seem to have no historical sense. Have they not heard of bubonic plague, tuberculosis, polio, cholera, and any number of other virulent and deadly diseases which have affected humanity over so many centuries?
Perhaps even more importantly, the contents of the chalice is the very body and blood of Christ, is it not? If we approach the chalice with the fear of God and with faith, what have we to fear? To this day, there is no evidence that Orthodox deacons and priests, who routinely consume the remaining contents of the chalice after all others have communed, are more at risk of illness or death, irrespective of period of history.