DURBAN – South African celebrities who have tested positive for Covid-19, are using social media to share their stories and counter the stigma attached to the virus.
Musician and actor Brian Temba took to his social media to share his status, and used the opportunity to warn people to take the guidelines put in place to protect them very seriously.
“Sometime we take things for granted and think some of the bad things that happen in the world would not affect us, until it’s on your doorstep. A few days ago I tested positive for Covid-19, when I thought it would be something that wouldn’t get close to me,” he said.
Former soapie actress turned writer, activist and speaker Rosie Motene disclosed on social media that both she and her partner have tested positive for Covid-19
“Last weekend my partner tested positive for Covid-19 and I immediately went the following day, two days later it was confirmed. Later, I will share the crazy and emotional roller coaster that we have been on but today I give thanks to breath and life,” wrote Motene.
Motene also told her fans how she was treating her symptoms and stated that they were halfway through their 14-day quarantine period.
eNCA current affairs news anchor Shahaan Ramkissoon who has tested positive for Covid-19 has also been sharing his journey to recovery on social media.
“I want to get rid of the negative status of Covid-19. I tried everything to not get the virus – but now I have it and I don’t care who or what gave it to me. I was anxious when I received the results, but I have mild symptoms and this is a reminder for me to do everything I want to do because you only have one life,” he said.
“Living The Dream With Somizi” reality TV star and best friend of Somizi Mhlongo, Thato “TT” Mbha has opened up about testing positive for Covid-19 on Instagram. The businessman also called on South Africans to take the virus seriously.
“I just thought I should share this message hopefully it’ll help someone out there. I’ve just tested positive for the coronavirus. I don’t know where I got it, it must’ve been at one of the meetings but I’m fine,” he said.
In two separate incidents surrounding the Covid-19 stigma, one Middelburg woman claimed she was victimised by her family and had to move to a neighbouring town after she tested positive and in April angry residents burnt tyres outside Untunjambili Hospital, near KwaDukuza in KwaZulu-Natal over the admission of ten people with Covid-19 at the hospital.
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