Many countries are currently on lockdown to curb the spread of the Coronavirus. South Africa is joining the list of 20 countries who are currently on lockdown at midnight on the 26th of March 2020.
The list includes the UK, India, Ireland, Denmark, Rwanda, Libya, New Zealand, Italy and Spain. Even though the virus is spreading rapidly and has jumped into every state, the USA has not been fully locked down yet. My fellow South Africans, we have 35 days of lockdown ahead of us. It’s a fact that we’re a social bunch. We like going to live music shows and music festivals, eating out, going to clubs and pubs, throwing parties, having braais and hanging out with our tjommies, but we have to practice social distancing.
It’s crucial to flatten the curve and stop COVID-19 from spreading rapidly. Limit your movement. Stay at home and only go out to buy food or to seek medical attention or get meds if you need to. We got behind the Springboks to help them win the 2019 Rugby World Cup, so we can do this! It’s not that hard.
My fellow extroverts might disagree, but it’s time for us to put on our big boy (or girl) pants and suck it up! You and I know that we can do this! Just think how refreshing your first drink at your local pub is going to taste when all of this is over! That will motivate you!
Here’s my list of 10 Things You Can Do While You’re on Lockdown:
1. Stay Up To Date With Work
Many of you are probably working from home during lockdown, so this is important. Don’t slack or mess around. If you have work to do, do it. You don’t want to get out of lockdown without a dayjob.
2. Catch up on TV Series and Movies
Dust off your DVD or Bluray collection and rewatch some of your faovurite TV shows or movies. You have ample time to re-watch all of the Lord of The Rings, Marvel, Star Wars and Harry Potter movies. You could probably watch one of each for the 21 day period. Alternatively. stream something on Netflix, Showmax or Amazon Prime. I’m pretty sure that you’ll find something interesting to watch on them.
3. Support Those That Need Your Help
Practice social distancing, but help your fellow humans, however you can. Buy those in need food (if you spot them at the grocery store). You don’t need to have psychical contact with them to this. Use hand gestures to show them where you leave it for them. If you have a few extra bucks, donate money to charities / humans that need it desperately. Be human. Support Local Musicians! Watch Live Streams on Facebook / Instagram from your favourite artists, stream their music on Spotify (or other music streaming services), order their vinyl records and merch. South African musicans need all the help they can get.
4. Read a good book (or 21)
This lockdown is perfect time to catch up on some reading. So dust off the books on your shelf or charge up those Kindles or tablets folks!
5. Don’t be an Askhole, Covidoos or Coronakont
I don’t have time to explain what each of these are. Griffin did a post on Watkykjy about it, so make sure that you read it. This basically boils to down to NOT being a doos and to be lekker. Practice social distancing, don’t ask stupid questions and don’t leave your home unless you really need to.
6. Play Video / PC Games
I’m not saying that you start playing games (if you don’t like to), but if you do, you have 21 days that you do it (more than you do usually). If you’re not single, don’t overdo it! Don’t neglect your girlfriend / wife / boyfriend / husband / pets! Give them the love, attention and support they deserve.
7. Don’t panic-buy when you’re at the shops
If you’re leaving your home to buy groceries, don’t be that guy (or girl), only buy what you need. Nobody needs 4 x 18 packs of toilet paper or 100 bottles of handsanitiser. Be considerate! All South Africans need essentials and food.
8. Work in some quality time
This applies to those of you who are in relationships or are married and that are going through lockdown with them. Spend some time with your girlfriend / wife / husband / boyfriend / your kids / your pets. Give them all the love and support they deserve. They’ll love your for it.
9. Video Call Your Friends / Loved Ones
This applies to everyone who’s going through lockdown. Use Skype or WhatsApp to call your tjommies / loved ones that are going through lockdown. Show them all the virtual love and support that you can.
10. Look after yourself
It’s all good and well to do the 9 things listed above, but don’t forget about yourself. Take this time to reflect and think and meditate if you want to. If you’re feeling sick, get your ass to the doctor. Check yourself before you wreck yourself. Stay safe folks.
If you follow these guidelines, you’ll be fine. I promise you! Here’s me giving you all a virtual high-five for making it through lockdown on the 1st of May 2020!
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