We are currently faced with the COVID-19 pandemic. There is a great deal of uncertainty, as well as a lack of information in some communities that could ultimately prove problematic. With this in mind, here are a few things to consider while our country wages its fight against the virus.
How Can You Play Your Part?
Stay Home (follow the regulations of the lockdown)
Although everyone is missing their freedom to leave the house at will, the importance of staying home cannot be overstated. To prevent spreading COVID-19 any further, we must abide by the laws that have been put in place.
Staying home will make it easier for our authorities to control an otherwise uncontrollable situation. After all is said and done, the reason that a lockdown has been instituted is for our safety and wellbeing.
This novel virus is something completely unfamiliar to South Africa and the world, therefore we must do our best to cooperate as fully as we are able while medical professionals continue their fight against COVID-19.
While it is stressful staying home for weeks on end, it's not all doom and gloom! Try to find exciting and fun things to do in the comfort of your home - you can check out some ideas here.
Keep Up With Current News
"Knowledge is power" - the fact that this pandemic is new to us is all the more reason for us to read about it, stay informed and understand it to the best of our abilities.
So much information regarding COVID-19 goes out on a daily basis; some true and some false. Lacking access to reliable information is dangerous, as is willful ignorance. Staying informed is your best defense against fear-mongering or superstitions which could lead to careless behaviours that pose a danger to our communities.
It is also important that we keep abreast of false information and ensure that you are well informed about the myths surrounding COVID-19 so read up about Myths Busted.
Tip: TV and radio news, as well as credible newspapers and online publications are your best sources for reliable information.
Do Not Panic Buy
Panic buying is certainly not advised and was denounced by President Cyril Ramaphosa in several of his addresses to the South African people. There is no reason for panic buying under any circumstances, as shops stocking essential goods will remain open to the public during the lockdown. Other reasons to curb panic buying in general include the fact that it disturbs the distribution system, our economy, as well as potentially negatively affecting others.
Check out Why We Need To Panic About Panic Buying?.
Do Not Panic
Though it can be easy to panic about something unfamiliar, we need to do our best as a country to remain in control of our responses to stress. If you're feeling anxious and stressed due to the outbreak, you may find these helpful: Exercises To Keep You Calm Amidst COVID-19 Panic.
Do Not Go To The Hospital
As a general guideline, if you feel any symptoms that could be COVID-19, do NOT go to the doctor or the hospital. The best procedure to follow is to contact your family doctor. Alternatively, you may phone the national hotline and follow the prompts for assistance. Dial: 08000 29999.