EDITORIAL: Opportunity

03 December 2021 | Opinion

With new Covid-19 infections doubling almost every day since the start of the week, and South Africa also seeing a surge, it’s difficult not to think that we are staring into the maw of a possible fourth wave.



The sinking feeling engendered by this thought is almost unbearable. In the wake of the third wave, it was unimaginable and terribly tiring to think that we might be battling another wave within only a few months.

The third wave brutally sunk its teeth into our collective consciousness, and has undoubtedly, except for the outright deniers who were lucky enough not to lose friends and family, left its scars on everyone.

While we have learnt that this virus is unpredictable, perhaps the best thing to do now is to remain calm, to breathe deeply – with a mask on, to sanitise, to stay away from crowded situations, and to get the jab.

We can still turn this around. And the sudden rise in new infections, could simply – hopefully – be a sign of more people getting tested as they depart Namibia for homes that have not shut their doors on us, or for their annual vacations.

There is still hope. We know what we must do. We have all the tools, all the knowledge, all the terrible lessons behind us. Let’s not waste this opportunity to make sure we stay healthy, that we protect our loved ones and strangers alike. Let’s do our bit to ensure a truly good end to a very hard year.

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