Health Tips: How to get through a second wave

Most workers today feel disconnected and overworked. Photo by Marcus Aurelius from Pexels

Most workers today feel disconnected and overworked. Photo by Marcus Aurelius from Pexels

Published Oct 29, 2020



It’s been just over seven months since the start of national lockdown, South Africa now faces a second wave of the coronavirus.

Like most of Europe, the United States and Asia, experts say another wave of infections in South Africa is unavoidable.

During the initial wave, South Africans turned to social media platforms as a means to escape during hard lockdown, some started baking, a new virtual workout routine, or just caught up on Netflix.

While President Cyril Ramaphosa debunked rumours of the country moving back to Alert Level 3, here are some tips on how to cope with a second wave of infections.


Most companies have adopted a work from home approach which has had a mixed reception.

If you are one of those who can’t ‘switch on’ while working from home, then it’s time to develop a new routine and find a dedicated space in your home which you can use as a working area.

“Making your work area cosy will make you want to spend time in your WFH space. Adding your favourite scented candle or a little desk lamp with a diffused light is a great way to add a cosy atmosphere to your work station,” said Amanda Nelson, founder of Att Pynta.


Being caught up at home all day, seven days a week will take its toll. Set a specific time during the day to get outdoors for a walk, run or a light workout at a nearby park.

There are plenty of home workout routines on all social media platforms, a quick search will get you started.

“Assuming you have little to no equipment at home, I would always prioritise a routine that focuses on the whole body with some specific attention to isometric holds - it represents movements which require static holds in a variety of positions.

“Think of a wall squat or plank. Isometric holds do a great job of maintaining strength and bone density.”


With the secondary crises of job losses and the impact the coronavirus has had on all businesses, it is important now more than ever to support local business.

Whether it’s supporting the community fruit and veg stall, a local restaurant, a person offering a service like a car wash, or a neighbour selling Sunday lunch or sweet treats.

These businesses are what keeps communities vibrant and the support makes a positive impact.

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