So the hot topic is COVID-19 (Corona Virus) Is it the end of the world? Should we all panic and lock ourselves up in our houses?

I personally do not think it is the end of the world. Yes, it is serious, yes you should take action to protect yourself, but things will go back to normal.

There are people stockpiling groceries and preparing for the worst. Are they overreacting? Maybe a little. I don’t think it will get that bad. But at the end of the day, who are they hurting? No one, so what then if they are preparing for the worst. Let them.

I went to Clicks this week to get Vit C and Zinc. Not for COVID-19, just in general. I use it on a daily basis for immune support for all kinds of nasties. I normally buy Efferflu-C (not the flu one, the orange box for Immune support) And the last 2 weeks I have not been able to get it. But this week was the worst. I got to the aisle and it was so bare, so this week it became a bit more real for me. We do not have any cases close to us, but it has reached SA. People are stocking up on Hand sanitizer, soap, Vit C, and there is nothing wrong with that, they are just doing what they can to protect themselves and their family.

I think what a lot of people need to realise with this Virus is that it can be stopped and contained. They need to realise that it is not THAT scary. I am not saying that you shouldn’t be prepared or that it is a load of nonsense. It is very real and yes people can die from it. BUT the same as with the flu or a stomach bug you need to take action. Distance yourself from the sick. If you know someone is sick, no matter the illness, you do not hug them or shake their hands. You wash your hands after coming in contact with them. These are the steps we should be taking. Sneeze or cough into your elbow, wash your hands after being out in public. Unless absolutely necessary to avoid crowded places and lastly boost your immune system. This will all help to beat Corona and all the other bugs about to hit us this winter.

If South Africa can act fast and smart by tracing all contacts of the known 24 cases, this can be contained quite quickly. China, which has been the epicenter of this virus, worked as one and has managed to do this. They have made it past the worst. Their cases are declining and life is slowly returning back to normal. So it can definitely be managed, as long as we all work together.

And yes, this means that until the spread of this virus is under control, festivals and events like Afrikaburn and Tomorrowland will, unfortunately, be canceled, trips overseas will have to wait, but it is not the end of the world, these are just precautionary measures being taken to prevent the worst. So let’s just all be clever and work together.

I think something more important than washing hands and avoiding sick people, is avoiding certain media platforms. There is so much fake news out there these days. Do not get your information off Facebook or any random websites/online newspapers. Instead, follow the WHO. On their website, they have updated info from around the globe. I am not saying that the World Health Organisation is the best at all health information, but in this regard, it is the best/most accurate, up to date info you can get at the moment.

We can do this guys!!! Stay healthy.