The 17-member family that lived together, ate together and got coronavirus together
Mukul, 33, was struck by a simple, devastating question: How many would they lose?
“We knew we would all be positive,” he said. “We were quite sure that someone would be sacrificed.”
In India, it is common for multiple generations of a family to live under one roof, something that is a source of cultural pride. Government statistics show that 42 percent of households are “nonnuclear” families.
Such arrangements represent a challenge for younger people seeking to protect their older, more vulnerable relatives from exposure to the virus. About half of the deaths from coronavirus in India have been people over the age of 60.
In just a few days, 11 members of the Garg family tested positive for the virus. Among them were Mukul’s 90-year-old bedridden grandfather; 87-year-old grandmother; 62-year-old father, who has diabetes and high blood pressure; and 60-year-old uncle, who also suffers from the same two conditions.
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[Source: Washington Post]