Millions of people around the world will be observing the “holy month” of Ramadan under lockdown this year.

Each year, many practising Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset for the whole of the lunar month – either 29 or 30 days – as part of the ritual of dedicating oneself to contemplation and prayer.

Fasting is obligatory for all adult followers of the faith who are able to safely go without food and drink.

But there are some considerations when it comes to fasting during a pandemic.

Fighting infection takes a lot of energy, University of Sussex immunologist Dr Jenna Macciochi says.

And prolonged periods of not eating or drinking can weaken the immune system.

So it is important to make sure you get enough calories during the hours

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