Russians Go It Alone

Russia’s heavy-handed approach to the pandemic—stiff fines for missing quarantine checks, jail time for knowingly hiding infections—could be backfiring, as COVID-19 cases surge.

Russians’ history of mistrusting medicine—dating back to Soviet times—has also set the stage for people to reject critical pandemic prevention measures like wearing masks, physical distancing, and testing.

Some Russians report being afraid to get a test—relying instead on self-diagnosing and self-medicating.

The Quote: “Getting into a hospital can be more dangerous than the disease itself,” Russian doctor Artemy Okhotin, warned on Facebook in April.

The Washington Post

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