KOLHAPUR, India – Aishwarya Tandon knew that her grandmother, feverish and breathless, had COVID-19.
But no hospital would admit her without already having a positive coronavirus test, which was hard to come by.
“We were basically just going to hospitals door-to-door, and nobody was helping us,” said Tandon, 28. “There were literally no leads. You really had to plead (with) people.”
As India reels from a new variant and a second wave of COVID-19, its health care system is overwhelmed. And so are its citizens, grappling with the physical, mental and emotional onslaught of caretaking and loss.
The nation of