How the pandemic has affected our home


Last night the president announced that the 21 day lockdown period will be extended by another 14 days.

Photo Credits Isa Plaatjes

This means that if we weren't before, we need to start taking this pandemic seriously. Extra precautions need to be put in place to ensure that we are not spreading the virus when we go out for essentials.

But even through our conscience decision to remain in our home from the time the isolation began on the 16th of March 2020, and the fact that we stayed put in our home whilst lockdown had been announced and continue to stay indoors, unnecessary inconveniences happen.

Unfortunately, our landlord came with an electrician the night before the official lockdown began on 26 March 2020 to attempt to fix the oven (which they didn't end up fixing), which hasn't been working since we moved in, in December 2019, but I'm getting side-tracked.

My husband, seemed to have got the virus from one of them, as he displayed most of the symptoms from Friday 27 March 2020, and has been in quarantine for the last 14 days.

Whilst we have been adhering to the rules and staying indoors for the past three weeks, we have also been extra careful not to let the virus spread any further. Besides him being in quarantine, with no physical contact with myself and our 5 year old son, we also make sure that since I am the caregiver, I wear disposable gloves, and a mask when taking any food or medication to the room that he is in.

Many questions have been asked around whether masks and gloves are effective. Some argue that you rather use hand sanitiser only - but I'm not taking any risks and I'd rather be safe than sorry.

With all that has been going on at home, I haven't had the time to sit down, and make my own masks for my family - which has been recommended as there are a shortage of masks in the country.

There are many masks on the market, and we found a local start-up who are manufacturing material re-usable masks for adults and children.

Mzansi Masks are made from three layers of materials and if cared for properly, can be used for at least 10 uses.

With all the necessary precautions in place, we have noticed a significant improvement in my husband's health, Alhamdulillah (All Praise to The Almighty).

I hope everyone is keeping safe, and helping to flatten the curve.

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