Imagine years of therapy to train your brain out of the thought that something bad will happen if you do not wash your hands seven times, only to be suddenly bombarded with messages about the critical importance of washing your hands. Then add on the realisation that you cannot find hand sanitiser anywhere.
People in quarantine may experience boredom, anger, and loneliness. Symptoms of the viral infection such as a cough and fever are also likely to cause worsening anxiety. For an example, after testing positive for Covid-19, two doctors from Limpopo followed protocol and self-isolated.
Nevertheless, on Thursday April 2 2020, a contingent of men in masks, supported by police, arrived with a court order and dragged them off to a hospital isolation ward - on the orders of the Limpopo health MEC.
This may well be an infringement on the rights of these doctors. They were also blamed for introducing the virus into the province. This action is contrary to the World Health Organisation statement that "people affected by Covid-19 have not done anything wrong, and they deserve our support, compassion and kindness".
Social distancing may leave many people feeling disconnected and lonely. Social distancing need not necessarily mean social isolation. Remain in contact with loved ones via telephonic or digital means.