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newsSowetanLive reports that a school principal whose wife attempted to commit suicide because of Covid-19 depression plans to embark on community education campaigns aimed at de-stigmatising people infected by the virus.  

The 51-year-old spoke on Tuesday about how he battled to save his 48-year-old wife from the flames engulfing her isolation room at their house in Benoni.  The principal said his wife tested positive for the virus two weeks ago after coming back from a meeting at a school in Daveyton where she is a teacher.  His wife did not display any further symptoms of the virus while in isolation.  "It was day 11 [June 6] of her being in quarantine at home. After all the support and medication we had given her, we did not realise she was losing it," the husband noted.  His wife “would go for walks in the morning with her mask on around the yard while we cleaned and disinfected her room and sanitised everything in it. She appeared very well although she was panicking about her status.”  But, she complained about being sent messages that made her feel like she was dying.  She also complained about gossip that came from colleagues and friends.  On Monday, doctors confirmed that the principal’s wife was now negative.  "Now we focus on her journey to recovery on her burn wounds," he said.  Psychologist Dr Penelope Mlangeni commented that stigma was a challenge in any circumstance and that positive messages and unequivocal support could have an impact in giving hope to someone in isolation.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Promise Marupeng at SowetanLive

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