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An anonymous post, which appears to have originated in  England, is going viral worldwide, including in South Africa… because its words hit the Covid nail on the head. England has been plunged into a super-strict Lockdown with suggestions that schools will not open until after the February half-term holiday. South Africa itself has an amended school calendar for 2021. Both countries are fighting separate fast-spreading variants of the Covid-19 virus. Both suffering economic hardship and mixed views over vaccines. Here’s the post that sums it up so well:

Covid and Kindness – by Anonymous

Working parents want kids to go back to school because school closures directly impacts them.
Teachers don’t want schools to open because covid spreading round their school directly impacts them.
NHS (Healthcare) staff want a full lockdown because sick covid patients directly impacts them.
Business owners want to carry on as normal because lockdown directly impacts them.
People with physical health problems want everyone to stay socially distant because catching covid could kill them.
People with mental health problems want people to spend time with because isolation could kill them.
Some can’t wait for a vaccine because they believe it will bring back some normality.
Some are terrified of a vaccine because they believe it could harm them.

We are all going through this but none of us are going through the same thing.
Some face crippling financial challenges, others face heart break.
We don’t all have to agree with what is best because what’s best for us won’t be best for everyone.

We don’t have to understand what others are going through. But we do need to stick together and keep loving each other no matter our differences.

We need to be mindful when some things go the way we want it to, it could be terrible news to another person.
We need to be kind.

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