Suburban Stroller took to the streets and offices of Claremont, Cape Town, today to elicit the opinions and advice of laypeople about the COVID-19 epidemic. This is what they had to say.
Drink your vitamins. Make sure that you are taking care of yourself and your colleagues around you. Because as much as we are doing all of these things in the workplace to try and make sure that we are protected from the virus, the first thing you need to do is make sure that you’re well looked after. Be responsible. Stay at home if you feel like you actually do have the symptoms of the virus. But also try to remain rational and don’t let the placebo effect get the better of you.
My concerns are basically the same as everyone else’s. As a person, I’m doing everything I can to not get into the problem, because of the economic and other cost implications that it has. I’m a student. I can’t afford to be sick with corona virus right now. And at the same time, I don’t want to go back home. I want to be able to focus even while the school is shut down. I feel like everyone should be careful and put into practice all the recommendations we’ve heard. That’s basically all.
I’ve nothing to say that hasn’t been said. I am just as scared as everyone else, to be honest, but as clueless as everyone else.
I think it’s up to your common sense what you do. Nothing changes. We carry on with our lives. We do what we’re told. But myself, I’m originally from Liverpool, and I’ve lived through World War 2. If that never got me down, this won’t either. Just carry on. Bit of common sense, wash your hands and all the other things that we do. So basically that’s what I would say. Just follow the rules.
I’m just trying to do the best I can as far as personal hygiene, sanitising and keeping out of crowds.
I don’t know if you’re a conspiracy theorist. I do believe this is a new transition. The transfer of power to the next superpower, which we are all aware of will be Israel. Because if we go back into history, World War I and World War II had to take place for America to become the new ruling state of the world. The pound sterling at the time was the trading currency, and then it was replaced subsequently by the dollar. So as you can see now what is happening is that the world economy is about to collapse. So everything is just falling into place. So having said that, I do think there is a lot of panic out there, especially with regard to Americans. It’s almost like a zombie apocalypse. So for me I’m just doing what I can on my side, not stockpiling, just keeping myself healthy, going on my day-to-day life. That’s it.
The way I see it is that everyone should just be operating with good housekeeping and general hygiene, and that’s all it is. There’s no change to people’s lives. It should be just normal behaviour of good housekeeping, keeping clean. And obviously when coming across people in the public who may be not feeling well or elderly, have respect. When going to visit people, especially in the service industry, just be aware of it.
Don’t be a shit person and purchase more than you need to and take away from the people who don’t have.
What is the cause of it in the first place? That’s what I want to know. For one reason or another they said its from China where they eat the animals and so forth. But at the end of the day, if you can get a cure, that’s what important. From newborns to old age people, you need to consider the people that have got low immune systems. If the government can visit the old age people, that would be delightful.
I think that more people should be eating food prepared on a fire because fire kills germs. Like at Di’z Bites, the little food cart outside Tyger Wheel & Tyre (Imam Haron Road, Claremont), opposite Tonesons, opposite St Ignatius, diagonally across from Abbotts College, right in front of the mountain. We have metal surfaces, very few of them, and those that we have are disinfected all the time. People can drive through. They can roll their window down 3 cm and we will deliver the food to their car. I just think that if everybody was wise they would buy take-out dinner or lunch from a food vendor that’s preparing food on this fire.
Don’t panic and buy everything off the shelves. Wash your hands and don’t stand too close to people.
Just stay aware of your surroundings. Look around you when you see people. Anyone can have something. Try to stay at home often. Don’t go out a lot. Stay safe.
Everyone should remain calm. That’s the most important thing. Everyone seems to be panicking and hoarding. I went shopping yesterday for my weekly grocery shop and there was nothing. No meat, nothing. And I think that is more dangerous at this time than the virus itself. Because what you have sitting on your shelves at home means that someone else out there doesn’t have it. And so people just need to remain calm and take what they need for the next week, maybe two weeks, and not for the next year. And then obviously keep an appropriate distance between yourself and somebody else, and just practice good hygiene – hand sanitiser, washing hands regularly, everything they’ve been saying on the news basically. But I really recommend not panicking.
Just keep clean, that’s all I say.
I think the virus will pass like any other deadly disease we’ve had before, like AIDS. We are freaking out. We are afraid. No-one is at ease, but with time they will definitely find something that will ease it up.
We just stay indoors. Most of the time we can work from home. But we are just getting cabin fever, so seeing that we have a two-year old son we’re just going around for a neighbourhood stroll. But our main point of what we’d like to do is just to keep safe. That’s why we are staying indoors.
The virus is bad. It’s just killing the world now. And I think the government is not doing enough in terms of protecting the citizens. They must come up with a cure. That’s the only way because it keeps on increasing and increasing day-by-day. So it’s just stay at home and be safe. Stay clean.
Do not bulk buy because then nobody else can wipe their boude and hand sanitiser because that necessarily means their hygiene will be compromised, which means they will compromise your hygiene when they come into contact with you.
What am I going to say about the epidemic? If you enter in the forest and you are lost in the forest, what are you going to do? You are going to look where you entered. If you look where you entered, now you are going to be safe. There are people crying, crying, but the solution is there. The intelligent people who went to school can give the solution because they are very intelligent. If you are intelligent, you must give the solution. The problem will finish like that. There are many intelligent people in the world. Me, I’ve got nothing to say. I’m nothing.
Stop panicking. The End.