Coronavirus doctor’s diary: Trying out tech that may help make worship Covid-secure

Man walking through sanitiser in mosque

A Bradford mosque is trying out new equipment designed to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Dr John Wright, of the city’s Royal Infirmary, takes a look and finds out how other places of worship have been adapting to pandemic conditions. He also hears about a trial in the US to test whether prayer can help Covid patients in intensive care.

It is a telling reflection on our society that the road to normality is lined with pubs, shops and restaurants. When lockdown ended, the government’s priority was to get people back on the high street, and of course businesses badly needed their support. But it’s interesting that our economic health takes precedence, while our spiritual health remains optional.

The closure of churches, mosques and temples during lockdown left a gaping hole in many people’s lives, and their re-opening has brought a welcome return of both religious and social connectedness, particularly

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