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COVID-19 and Ramadan 2020: time for reflection

For 1.8 billion Muslims worldwide, Ramadan 2020 brought unique challenges, as it coincided with the global covid-19 pandemic and implementation of social distancing measures. The Ramadan month of fasting requires adult Muslims (with exemptions) to abstain from food and drink from dawn to sunset. However, this year, there was considerable debate about whether fasting would be safe during the pandemic; particularly with a higher than expected disease burden and severity of covid-19 in ethnic minority populations.1 Furthermore, traditional Ramadan communal practices came to a standstill, giving a sense of loss to the community.

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