Coronavirus has dominated our lives in 2020, and may do so for months and even years to come. This is an unprecedented worldwide pandemic, which has resulted in suffering, fear, panic, economic shut-down, and many many tragic deaths. The future seems unclear and it’s likely that the world will never be quite the same again. The scenarios created around the world have been so compelling and rapidly-changing that news services report on little else day-after-day. We know that our readers are an educated and online-savvy group who will be fairly well informed on the pandemic in general, so this wellness service will not try to replicate news services. Rather, we present a few carefully selected resources and some trustworthy online links.

Some useful articles:

  • Covid-19 and stigma

    Covid-19 (the disease caused by the new coronavirus) is brand-new pandemic sweeping the world in 2020. Everyone has been affected. Many have died. More yet, will die. The world has changed and may never be quite the same again. There is anxiety, fear, sadness, uncertainty and anger. There is also stigma... What is Covid-19 stigma? This stigma refers to [...]

  • So you want to boost your immune system?

    The human body's immune system is responsible for fighting off infection and disease. It is a very complex system that involves skin, gut, blood, specialised white blood cells, antibodies, and more. Nobody wants to be sick and so we have long sought ways to strengthen our immunity. Pandemics like HIV and Covid-19 certainly highlight the importance of good immunity, [...]

  • Coronavirus (Africa)

    The coronavirus pandemic is changing our world... There is worldwide concern, severe travel bans, lock-downs, states of emergency, cancelled events, panic buying, stock exchanges in decline, fears of a major economic depression, and more. The human and economic impacts are huge, and growing.The planet is in uncharted territory. It seems that most of us will be exposed to the virus [...]

  • Jacky Badenhorst [a coronavirus lock-down story]

    What a year we will never forget.  So my son and his wife decided that 21 March 2020 will be the day that she becomes part of the Badies family.  Little did we know that a small little prickly pear looking virus was heading our way.  Honeymoon planned tickets bought and Mauritius here they come. Then the news broke [...]

  • Covid-19 or Flu or Common cold?

    So you're feeling under-the-weather and you're not sure if it's a common cold, flu (influenza) or Covid-19 (coronavirus)? Well, it's not always easy to tell because these are quite-similar illnesses in many cases, especially in the early stages and in milder cases (most cases are mild, for all three conditions). But there are some differences that may help you [...]

  • Coronavirus FAQs

    The Internet is full of coronavirus content these days and we're sure you've looked at many websites, videos, etc. This page does not intend to cover every possible issue and every imaginable question, but does try to highlight some of the more important and asked-about aspects. If you would like more info please consider: The WHO website here The [...]

  • Working from home – ergonomics

    For many people working-from-home is a new experience altogether. For others it might not be new, but the extent of it during coronavirus and lock-down surely is. We have written articles with general advice but here we would like to focus on a particular challenge: ergonomics. Most of us do not have dedicated offices at home and so our [...]

  • Working from home – with children

    For many years now there has been a trend towards working from home. This has mainly been driven by advances in communication technology, the worsening in commuter-traffic, the growth in skills-based businesses, and a global drive for more flexibility in work and in life generally. Right now though, in 2020, there is a new and powerful driver here: Coronavirus. [...]

  • Tania Etzebeth [a coronavirus lock-down story)

    It was about 5 years ago in the bushveld where we took this photo of my son next to this huge baobab tree in Alldays.  More than 1 854 km from home and a 20 hour drive. This is where we got one of the seed pods of this tree. We kept it all these years and with lockdown [...]

  • Marie Rich [a coronavirus lock-down story)

    My Liewe Kollegas As ek so na almal se fotos kyk dan haal ek my hoed af vir die wat gewig verloor het. Ek is op die stadium soos ‘n Sy wurm.  Jy weet as jy vir hulle ‘n hele boom vol Moerby blare gee en 10 minute later kyk , dan is als opgevreet,   dis ek daai. Die enigste [...]

  • Elana Olivier [a coronavirus lock-down story)

    Never in my life have I thought that a lockdown and a state of emergency will be declared in my lifetime…However, reality started when the schools closed earlier for holidays. Now, for a mom this is stressful as the President would not make a decision to close schools earlier just because. Then, the President addressed the nation that night…I had [...]

  • Shelley Sabbatini [a coronavirus lock-down story)

    Hi Wealthsmiths! What a great time to be a Wealthsmith.  I am so very proud to be part of this phenomenal organisation, especially during our country’s COVID19 lockdown. Working from home is a new experience for some, however, as a broker consultant, it can be a way of life, with appointments all day, and only the evenings and early [...]

  • Combatting Coronavirus: some subtleties

    So you know about hand-washing and social distancing and managing your sneezes and your coughs. You're complying with the lock-down regulations. You're on top of the situation. You've got this. Right? Well, maybe not - perhaps there are a few subtleties that have escaped you, or a few areas where you're still confused. We don't blame you because in [...]

  • Working from home

    For many years now there has been a trend towards working from home. This has mainly been driven by advances in communication technology, the worsening in commuter-traffic, the growth in skills-based businesses, and a global drive for more flexibility in work and in life generally. Right now though, in April 2020, there is a new and powerful driver here: Coronavirus. [...]

  • Coronavirus

    The 2020 coronavirus pandemic is changing our world... There is worldwide concern, severe travel bans, lock-downs, states of emergency, cancelled events, panic buying, stock exchanges in decline, fears of a major economic depression, and more. The human and economic impacts are huge, and growing.The planet is in uncharted territory. It seems that most of us will be exposed to [...]

  • Healthy eating on a budget

    Healthy eating is expensive. We've all heard that, and many of us believe it to be true. And it can be (true). But it is not always true and there are ways to compromise. It’s a common misconception that healthy eating needs to make a dent in the pocket. This is an important consideration when we know that more [...]

Info-graphics that may help you (click to enlarge):

The South African national helpline number is 0800 029 999.

An overview of the coronavirus pandemic

Coronavirus pandemic overview

A look at a few tips that might not be obvious to everyone.

Combatting coronavirus: some subtleties
Coronavirus FAQs

Some thoughts on how to optimise your work-from-home opportunity.

Working from home (general)
Working from home (family & children)
Working from home (ergonomics)

A set of useful info-sheets you can download and print and share.

Covid-19 info sheet
Hand washing
Developing resilience
Managing stress and anxiety
Recognising stress and depression
Managing quarantine and isolation
Helping a depressed person
Covid-19 stigma

A set of useful and reliable and trustworthy Internet resources

SA coronavirus
World Health Organisation
SA Department of Health
SA Institute for communicable diseases
British Medical Journal

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