29 Dec 2020
Rachel Kolisi has urged South Africans to take Covid-19 seriously.
Rachel recently tested positive for the virus, with her husband, Siya, having to withdraw from the Western Province team that played against Griquas at Newlands last Saturday. He will also miss this weekend's clash against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein.
'I never had a fever, no sore throat, no coughing,' Rachel wrote on Instagram.
'I actually spent the day in the pool and assumed I had a sinus infection. I realised I couldn’t smell anything so went straight into isolation until I received my positive result.
'It’s been so rough and scary at times, especially when you have small kids who don’t understand why they can’t touch you. My heart breaks for those in hospital having to fight this alone, not knowing if they’ll see their loved ones again.
'Equally, my heart breaks for the healthcare workers working tirelessly and understaffed while others are not taking the safety precautions seriously at all.'
'Covid is not like flu,' Kolisi added. 'It’s so much worse and if my posting can encourage someone to take one extra step of precaution that will be great.
'Also, if you know of people not taking Covid seriously please have a conversation with them about it. People are dying.
'It’s clear our numbers in SA are out of control – we’re just short of 1 million cases. Yet some people are more relaxed about it than ever?'
On Monday night, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that South Africa had passed 1-million cases and would return to an 'adjusted' Level 3 lockdown from Tuesday.