Fearing crowded hospitals, some Afghans turn to fruit juice and vegetable soup to ward off the coronavirus
It’s hard to know the true extent of the outbreak in Afghanistan, which has documented more than 36,000 confirmed cases and nearly 1,300 deaths but has carried out only 87,000 tests nationwide. An overwhelmed health system, public fear of crowded hospitals and reliance on traditional treatments are probably obscuring the true toll.
Thousands of people who fell ill and later recovered never knew whether they had contracted the virus. Many described experiencing headaches and fevers, sometimes with other signs associated with the coronavirus, such as losing their sense of smell. But without being tested, they could not be sure.
“Our whole family got sick with headaches and fever, even the kids, but we all got through it,” said Mir Ahmad, a lawyer in his 40s whose family did not get tested for the virus. “We stayed together in the house for more than a month. We made juice with lemons and oranges. I drank five pots of tea a day. We stayed away from sweets and oily food, as the doctors recommended. Now we are …continued .
[Source: Washington Post]