The Covid-19 pandemic is hitting closer to home than ever before as the number of infections and deaths grows by the day.

Barely a day goes by without seeing a social media post from someone who has tested positive or someone in our community that has died.

Just last week we reported that the number of local infections showed a decline. Barely two days later there was another surge in new cases, making it almost impossible to predict whether we have reached the peak of the second wave or not.

Medical personnel relate stories of countless residents and visitors needing Covid-19 tests over the holiday season. One said it felt at times as if the line of those waiting to be tested would never end. The most horrifying aspect was that the majority of those tested had indeed contracted the virus.

Of serious concern to health workers is the number of people who continue to socialise and go about their normal daily business even though they feel ill.

The regulations regarding self-isolation are clear. If you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive or if you show any symptoms, you must immediately isolate yourself and have a test done as soon as possible.

It is difficult for us to understand the pressure our frontline medical staff are currently experiencing. Many of them have been in the eye of the storm since last year and with the dramatic increase in infected people requiring hospitalisation, they need as much support as they can get.

It is with great joy and pride that we see the numerous undertakings by our residents and local businesses to assist especially hospital staff with food and treats. The Overstrand has proven itself to be a community with a big heart and this time around is no exception.

But whether we decide to give time, money, or resources to help the brave men and women who battle the virus in our hospitals, we must always be mindful that the biggest gift of all would be for us to stay healthy.

We urge all our readers to follow the lockdown regulations aimed at stopping the spread to the letter of the law. Yes, there are some regulations that simply do not make sense, nor do they meaningfully contribute towards flattening the curve. But the basics of wearing a mask, sanitising your hands, practising social distancing, and reducing your interaction with other people have proven to be effective.

Let this be the biggest contribution we make to our medical staff.

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