We’ve been told to keep ourselves to ourselves this Christmas, and we’re taking that advice seriously.
As I mentioned before, this is no normal Christmas at the end of a very abnormal year. Hopefully, we will be well back on track by this time next year. Hopefully.
But it doesn’t really matter to us (or to Covid) where we keep ourselves to ourselves, and so we’re going to head down to Agulhas for a few days. None of the excitement of the Struisbaai New Year fireworks to look forward to, sadly, but still the beach and the braai and the sunshine. With the beach hours extended to 6am-7pm, maybe some early morning exercise by the sea as well. And that’s worth a lot.
I don’t expect that we will have any interaction with anyone other than the odd shopkeeper, much as we would here in Cape Town, and so I’m at peace with the fact that we’re leaving one home for another for a few days. We’re not putting anyone in any danger, and we’re keeping ourselves safe as well.
Hello again. This morning, I was hiking in the fresh air amongst the incredible rock formations of the Cederberg:
This evening, I am doing parenting stuff in a warehouse in Claremont.
We’re back in the land of the wifi though, at least, and so I was doing a quick catch up on the latest news from the Whatsapp groups when I saw this:
Cape Agulhas Municipal area has gone from 8 active Coronavirus cases to 107 in less than 3 weeks. By comparison, the top peak of our first wave was 43 cases mid July. The Coronavirus spreads through human contact. Therefore the spread & control is literally in our own hands! Our health services & health personnel are under strain & the Festive Season hasn’t even begun yet. If our system is overwhelmed we, as healthcare workers, will be forced to turn away people who could ordinarily be saved. This is not a situation we ever want. We care deeply about our patients and community. We desperately need people to wear their face masks, observe social distancing & avoid unnecessary risks. Keep yourself and your family safe. Help us to help those that need medical care.
That’s an increase of [counts on fingers] 1237.5%.
All being well, I will be staying somewhere nice and quiet today, a million miles from anywhere (although paradoxically, a bit less than 6000 miles from civilisation…). And so this is a pre-written post, penned from the dining room table in Cape Town on Friday evening.
If there is internet here (the place at which I’m staying, not the dining room table), it is very limited. And so there’s every chance that you won’t hear anything more from me until tomorrow.
I’m going to chill in the desert sun and watch the desert stars this evening. It’s not a bad way to spend a Monday.