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Hindus, Indians, religious coping, pandemic, loneliness
This article is a culmination of the social challenges faced and the solutions found by people in India during the COVID-19 pandemic. The problems faced during the pandemic are still getting unraveled, even after three years. This paper examines the social challenges, such as mental health awareness, including suicide and physical health issues, the effects of loneliness and the reason for the loneliness felt during the pandemic, and the solutions created, such as the usage of technology and religion in positive and negative ways to reduce mental health issues faced during the pandemic. Additionally, this article includes two studies. The first study discusses religious coping amongst non-Hindus and Hindus, whereas the second study is a questionnaire that looks at how Hindu, Asian Indians faced the pandemic period in the United States. The questionnaire includes how loneliness affected mental health and physical health issues, how social media helped or didn't help people through the lockdown, and how religion was a coping mechanism for people during the pandemic.
Venkatesh, Rajeswari, "Social Impact of COVID-19 in India and Among Asian Indians in the United States" (2023). WWU Honors College Senior Projects. 752.
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