Buddhists believe the path to enlightenment requires periods of detachment from the world — so self-quarantine offers an opportunity. Karma Lekshe Tsomo, a Buddhist nun and social activist, speaks with The World's Marco Werman about the role of meditation and reflection during the spread of COVID-19.
The coronavirus has fundamentally changed how we live our lives, but perhaps most heartbreakingly, how we deal with death. Around the world, centuries-old burial rituals are being stopped. Gatherings to mourn someone’s death are limited. Even something as simple as a hug for a grieving friend is now essentially out of bounds.
As Washington starts to talk infrastructure as a way to put people back to work during the COVID-19 pandemic, a team led by congressional Democrats is working to develop long-term solutions to climate change that will help rebuild the economy.
The coronavirus pandemic appears well-managed in countries that moved swiftly with science as their guide. Countries that initially downplayed the threat, such as Italy and the United States, have seen spiking death rates as health care systems are overwhelmed.
Spain is starting to loosen some restrictions, as there are signs things are starting to improve in the fight against the novel coronavirus. Also, oil-producing nations will cut production by nearly 10%. And a month after the US declared a state of emergency, many of the president's promises to address the pandemic remain unfulfilled. And faith leaders have been confronted with many challenges to tradition in the time of the coronavirus.
An estimated 2.5 million farmworkers across the United States are now deemed essential workers — exempt from shelter-in-place restrictions to keep the country’s food supply flowing. Yet at a time when social distancing and careful sanitizing are necessary safeguards against exposure to the coronavirus, little has been done to protect farmworkers.
CareMongering is one of many mutual aid organizations around the world that have either been created or expanded to help people struggling during the pandemic — either because of age, health status or financial vulnerability, among other things.