Coronavirus Lockdown South Africa: Day 1

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My paranoia about the virus started the day I saw how it spread within China and then exploded in Europe/UK. I knew it was just a matter of time before it would reach Africa. Then the first Coronavirus patient was announced; The very next day hand sanitizers were sold out at multiple stores; Then more confirmed cases until today at 62.

The President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, only put measures in place with his speech last night at confirmed case number 61. We are now barred from a long list of countries. Our economy is going to feel a long-lasting pinch from the #socialdistance and loss of tourists.

gatherings of more than 100 people are now prohibited in SA, and borders are partially closed

I survived Day 1 of #socialdistance

We took the decision Friday already to be prepared for isolation, taking the kids out of school and letting the nanny stay at home with her own family. I don’t think I was prepared…

I planned water painting, clay play and even air dry clay activities, story time and even some outside play time with bubbles.

The kids are hooligans. One on one they behave, but add them around 1 table with paint and all hell breaks loose. Baby terrorised her sister by getting on the table, grabbing projects she was busy with and generally just being a mini a*hole. I don’t think I was made to be a home school mom.

Then they got tired… I finally had my first break at around 11:30 but it didn’t last long. Just after 12 both were asleep. I was exhausted, my clients were contacting me non-stop and I worked as much as I could. Finally I sat at my desk to answer a few emails.  Just before 1 I could barely keep my eyes open as I had worked from 3 in the morning to 6:20 and then husband left for work.

Tonight I’ll be working more. I’ll probably only get to bed at midnight just to be up by 3 again. Then take care of the kids until 1:30.

Wherever you are, with whomever you are, stay safe.

I am a Johannesburg based freelance writer, social media manager - and of course share bits from my life with you on this blog. We have 2 kids through surrogacy and 3 black cats.

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