India’s covid-19 crisis is a dire warning for all countries

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04 May 2021, 6:41 pm

Oh, this subject just came to mind,


PERSPECTIVE article
Front. Psychol., 12 February 2021 | https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2021.636384
Hindu Response to Dying and Death in the Time of COVID-19
Purushottama Bilimoria1,2*

1School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne, Parkville, VIC, Australia
2Indian Philosophy Lab, RUND University, Moscow, Russia


https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10 ... 36384/full


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04 May 2021, 6:46 pm

And lets follow that up with,

India prepares for Kumbh Mela, world’s largest religious gathering, amid COVID-19 fears
April 8, 2021 8.04am EDT
Tulasi Srinivas

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Rooted in Hinduism’s ancient theological texts, the bathing ritual has survived wars, revolution and famine – but its biggest threat has been epidemic diseases. Authorities from the colonial British government of the 19th century to the Indian government today have had to contend with the challenge of managing the spread of contagion during this huge gathering of people.


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COVID controls

This year’s event takes place amid fears that a massive gathering like this could turn out to be a COVID-19 superspreader event. According to Johns Hopkins University, by April 1, 2021, the start of the Kumbh Mela, India had reported 12 million cases and 162,900 deaths.

The Indian government has issued several directives to control the spread of the disease: Thermal screening checkpoints have been set up, and efforts are being made to sanitize all restrooms and sleeping quarters. Strict protocols for participation in the Kumbh have been issued, including a limited time period of half an hour for each akhara to bathe. Furthermore, the government has stated that after April 1 all visitors to the Kumbh have to produce evidence of a recent negative COVID-19 test.

However, even before the Kumbh began, the city and neighboring areas had already emerged as COVID-19 hot spots. As the festival began, seven living Hindu saints in the city of Haridwar tested positive, and 300 pilgrims were found positive during the first few days of the festival.

Images emerging from Haridwar of millions of the faithful, praying, eating and bathing, often maskless and in close proximity with one another, are raising fears about how the desire for the divine nectar of immortality might turn out in a pandemic year.


https://theconversation.com/india-prepa ... ars-158364


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