Lockdown and mental illness: can lockdown help with social anxiety? Experts weigh in

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South Africa has been on level 3 lockdown for almost two weeks , despite the Western Cape having more than half of the country’s Covid-19 cases. Although most industries have opened and schools are slowly reopening too, there are still many who live in fear of contracting the virus.

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Many South Africans are happy that the end of lockdown is nearing, however others are still finding this time to work on themselves and/or to spend time with loved ones. Those suffering from different mental-health illnesses, like social anxiety, have more time to feel at ease without being forced into the outside world.

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