Nilu Bhandari grinds turmeric in Lohsal, Kathmandu, Nepal. Bhandari says she has sold more turmeric, which is widely used in Nepalese households for cooking and health benefits, during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Perla Hernández pours tejate, a traditional nonalcoholic beverage made of maize and cacao, into a cup outside her family’s restaurant in San Andrés Huayapam, Oaxaca, Mexico. Tejate is usually served in jícaras, small containers typically made from the fruit of the calabash tree, but Hernández has used disposable cups during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Odonchimeg Dashbal burns dried manure to fumigate her ger and courtyard in Dalanzadgad, Umnugovi province, Mongolia. Historically, many Mongols believed dried cow and horse manure had disinfectant properties. When coronavirus infections spiked, Umnugovi residents advocated for the practice on Facebook.
Juana Méndez gives Patricia Maza a flu shot at a mobile vaccination unit in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico. “I come every year to get the flu vaccine, and since the COVID-19 pandemic started, I’ve been thinking it’s essential for me to come and get the vaccine,” Maza says. “Imagine it now with the cold weather. I can’t get sick with the flu and COVID-19. That would be a very risky situation.”
Sandeep Bhandari visits houses to conduct COVID-19 tests in Chapal Kharkana, Kathmandu, Nepal. He says during the second coronavirus wave he conducted at least 50 tests a day, four to five times more than usual.
Saddam Hamba paints a hospital bed at the Pearl View Medical Center in Kiwanga, Mukono district, Uganda. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many health centers and hospitals are acquiring hospital beds to accommodate more patients.
People, aged 64, line up outside a school to receive their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine in Budhanilkantha, Kathmandu, Nepal. The government has distributed vaccines in phases to people since January 2021.
Nicole Andrea Hernández López, 15, right, paints the nails of María José López, 9, in Chilpancingo de los Bravo, Guerrero, Mexico. As part of her cognitive therapy, Nicole, who has Down syndrome, offers free manicures to develop motor skills and gain independence.
Farai Mabiza wears a Spiderman costume to attract customers to toy merchandise displayed on his car in Harare, Zimbabwe. Mabiza says his business has not been lucrative during the coronavirus pandemic since toys are a luxury for some.
From left, Uzziel Márquez, Rodrigo Cárdenas, Cristian Rodríguez and Roberto Rivero pull a fiber optic telecommunications cable in Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico. “This is the first day we’ve started to work since last year. I had to close my business,” Márquez says. “There was no work, and everything was suspended.”
César Soto Aguilar, a nurse, collects information from school personnel before they receive the CanSino vaccine against COVID-19 in Mexico City, Mexico. The vaccination site was organized in the Vasconcelos Library, under the skeleton of a gray whale.
Ariunjargal Sainbuyan gives Khorolmaa Urtnasan the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine in Dalanzadgad, the capital of Umnugovi province, Mongolia. According to its website, the province has one of the highest vaccination rates in the country.
A mobile team tests Bayaraa Jambaltseren for the coronavirus as others in line maintain social distancing in Dalanzadgad, Umnugovi province, Mongolia. As the number of coronavirus infections increased, Umnugovi province organized a surveillance measure called “One Family, One Test.”
Juan Carlos Martell, center, leaps upside down during an acrobatics session at Rivadavia Park in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Martell and his brother started offering acrobatics classes outdoors in October 2020, when gyms and training centers closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Sunita Adhikari holds her 7-month-old daughter, Swastika Adhikari, while Shanta Rai, a health care worker, administers medicine at Shankha Park in Kathmandu, Nepal. The government provides free vitamin A tablets and other medicine to children between the ages of 6 months and 5 years to improve health and decrease child mortality.
Ana Patricia Téllez holds her 11-month-old rabbit, Choco, as he gets vaccinated for rabbit hemorrhagic disease in Mexico City. The disease was eradicated in the country in 1993, but new outbreaks have emerged in northern Mexico. “I like spending time with him,” Téllez says. “We run together, and I throw stuffed animals for him to chase.”
Lkhagvasuren Ulamnemekh pours candle wax into a mold after adding color and essential oil at her home in Mongolia’s Arkhangai province. Lkhagvasuren, who is a teacher, began making body scrubs, bath bombs, eco-soaps and other items during the coronavirus lockdown.
Susana Mondini, left, leads Silvia Squadrone, second from right, Ana María Buelta, right, and others in a yoga class for the elderly at Paseo de la Vida: Dr. René Favaloro, a park in Buenos Aires, Argentina. “I’ve been doing yoga for many years. My bones hurt if I don’t,” says Squadrone. “When the [COVID-19] outbreak happened, we did it by WhatsApp. But it’s different in person, especially here, where it’s so beautiful.”
Mario Ruíz Pérez, a licensed nurse, takes Martha Figueroa Mier’s blood pressure in the observation area following her vaccination at the Parque de Feria in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico. Health care workers are administering the Sinovac vaccine to the elderly first, through a federal program called Operativo Correcaminos (Operation Roadrunner).
Nurse Baigalmaa Sukhbaatar tests Gantumur Naranmandmar for the coronavirus using a polymerase chain reaction test at School No. 133 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. The government recommended that all essential workers get tested, and on this day, workers at this site tested as many as 1,000 citizens.