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‘I’m just living because of my kids’: SA’s social glue is ...

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‘I’m just living because of my kids’: SA’s social glue is dissolving

Covid-19 has worsened South Africans’ mental wellbeing, as evidenced in the latest Mental State of the World report

Senior reporter

When Covid-19 survivor Pamela Court has to leave her home, she’s gripped by fear and anxiety that takes her hours to overcome before she steps out.

The 61-year-old Cape Town event coordinator, who suffered with long Covid for eight months after contracting the virus in October 2020, also struggles with guilt because she survived and younger people didn’t.

“No one prepares you for the psychological aspects of Covid. I couldn’t understand why the deaths of young people, people who seemed to be healthy, affected me so badly. My reactions to the news of friends’ children and siblings affected me so badly that I reacted as if my own child had died. Then a colleague asked me if I felt guilty? I survived, but they didn’t ...”..

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