Dr’s Jean Malan & Anina Ellis have issued the following warning and it makes sense, no matter your beliefs regarding this pandemic, that we *take heed and practice their suggestions for a few weeks.
2020, the year of Covid. This far our community has been fortunate. We have had a very low number of active cases and very little community spread, but now we may be running out of luck. We are unfortunately experiencing a definite increase in cases in the St Francis Bay area. The Eastern Cape is also experiencing a very large spike. This means that hospitals in our area are filled to capacity and we are experiencing difficulties in arranging admission for patients.
“Luck has a way of evaporating when you lean on it.”
We do not have to “lean on luck”, we have a multitude of advantages that will assist this community in weathering the storm. We have the great outdoors and a very advanced level of ventilation, commonly referred to as “the wind”. All we need to add to this is an extreme dose of common sense and then we will remain lucky.
“People always call it luck when you’ve acted more sensibly than they have. ”
There are loads of things WE can do to slow down the rate of new infections that will help to keep the rate of spread. If we act with sensibility, we will avoid the impact of a dumper of a second wave.
How do we act sensible?
- We use our access to the great outdoors. We open our windows, we embrace “al-fresco” dining. Japan’s government warns people about the Three C’s– Closed Spaces, Crowded Places and Close-Contact Settings. This is a very sensible
- We wear our masks, correctly.
- We keep a safe distance from people (1.5m is advised). Maintaining a larger personal space is the new “HUGGING” – it shows respect & caring.
For the next few weeks, try to keep your contact pod or bubble small. Reconsider having that big braai or dinner party. Rather postpone it until conditions are safer. Stay informed and above all stay safe.
Dr’s Jean Malan & Anina Ellis
Click below for an interesting oversight on how this virus spreads
*To heed something is to listen to it, pay careful attention to it, or otherwise observe or acknowledge it in some way—and often to take action on it.