COVID‑19 Pandemic and Ramadan: Minimizing the Risk of Exacerbation of Disease


Nations across the globe have taken multiple steps for the control and the effective containment of the corona virus disease-2019 (COVID-19)pandemic. Amidst the developments of the COVID-19 around the world, the holy month of Ramadan is about to begin from the latest in Aprilmonth. However, from the perspective of the COVID-19 containment, this can turn out to be an important event, as it will enhance the prospectsof staying in close proximity and thereby increases the chance of the transmission of the infection from one person to another. In these difficulttimes, it is essential to make informed decisions for organizing any religious gathering and even consider the possibility of canceling the samedepending upon the level of transmission in the nation and the preparedness of the health sector. In conclusion, Ramadan is an importantreligious event, nevertheless amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it is the responsibility of the national and religious leaders to take awell-informed and scientific decision to safeguard the lives of people and also not create any opportunity for the exacerbation of the disease.