We, South Africans, love our curves, but here’s a bad one we need to flatten out. The coronavirus spreads from person to person like wildfire, causing the deadly covid-19 disease. If too many get sick at the same time (a steep curve!) our health system won’t be able to treat everybody. If we can limit the number of people getting sick at the same time (flattening the curve) the health system can cope.
The best thing you can do to help right now is to STAY HOME. STAY SAFE by following the health guidelines and STAY SANE with Food For Mzansi, by spreading facts, not fiction.
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HOW TO STAY SAFE AND STAY HEALTHY.
For now, staying home is literally the best way to stay safe. Covid-19 spreads through human contact, so don’t be a rebel who still visits friends and family during the lockdown. Wash your hands with soap or alcohol-based sanitiser often – for at least 20 seconds at a time. Don’t touch your face and rather sneeze and cough into your armpit. And, if you really have to go to the shops, chemist or doctor, keep at least two metres distance between you and other people.
Wash your hands for a minimum of 20 seconds. The World Health Organisation says hand-washing is also an act of solidarity because it reduces the risk of infecting other people in your community.
Stay active during the lockdown. In these strange and disquieting times, exercise can provide much-needed solace. There are also many workouts that can be done even in the most confined spaces.
If you love your friends and family, don’t visit them during the lockdown. We need to flatten the coronavirus infection curve. Rather connect virtually via Facebook, Skype or WhatsApp video calls.
HOW TO STAY HOME AND STAY SANE.
How to apply for coronavirus relief benefits:
- Use this form to apply for emergency funding
- How to get a payment break with your bank
- Own a small business? Get help now!
- Free groceries, pharmaceuticals for Cape Town seniors
How to manage your mental wellbeing:
- Boost your immune system to boost your brain
- 20 ways to keep busy (and sane!) during lockdown
- 3 great self-isolation tips from an astronaut
How to inform your kids about coronavirus:
Home learning tips for adults:
Home learning tips for learners:
TIPS TO SURVIVE COVID-19 LIKE A CHAMP!
Take up gardening. This is a great time to take even better care of your plants. Gardening is safe and will bear much more fruit than staying locked up inside. Turn couch potatoes into real potatoes!
Experiment with new flavours in the kitchen. Figuring out “What’s for dinner?” can be a challenge. Find ways to help feed your family a nutritious diet that will boost everyone’s health.
Learn a new language online or a new skill. If you have internet access you have the world at your fingertips. Search for free opportunities. Why not use this time to finish that book you’ve always wanted?