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Fasting Safely During Ramadan
Posted on 6 Apr 2021
RAMADAN 2021 DURING COVID-19
This Ramadan will be a different experience for the Muslim community due to the on-going COVID19 pandemic and it is important people stay healthy and fast safely.
Adherence to the Government guidelines on social distancing, isolation and shielding should be followed.
GOV UK - National lockdown: Stay at Home : https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdownstay-at-home
GOV UK - COVID-19: guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable click here
The British Islamic Medical Association (BIMA) has information on Ramadan and safety of fasting here: https://britishima.org/saferamadan/
Patients with suspected COVID-19 like symptoms should be advised to follow Government advice and contact the NHS via 111 and further information can be found here.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, episodes of any illness should be taken seriously and may require breaking of the fast.
In this instance particularly prolonged fever, it is important to remain hydrated. Medical attention should be sought where appropriate and advised to contact their GP or 111.
If a household member has COVID-19 or develops symptoms whilst fasting, they should break the fast immediately and contact their GP or use the 111 online services.
Following a COVID-19 illness patients should only restart fasting when they have fully recovered and after consultation with an appropriate clinician.