The Covid-19 pandemic has affected all South Africans and the rest of the world in very tangible ways.
A lot of people across the globe have tested positive for the coronavirus, and it has killed more than half a million people to date.
Former kwaito star-turned-pastor, Kabelo Mabalane and his actress wife, Gail Mabalane are just some of the local celebrities who have come out about testing positive for Covid-19.
In a lengthy video posted on Instagram by the couple, they explained how Kabelo first contracted the coronavirus and the different safety precautions they considered pursuing after receiving the test results.
Gail and Kabelo also took the time to emphasise the realness of the coronavirus, and how important it is to stay home, wear a mask when outside and sanitize religiously.
“I had been training a lot, also just to cope with the stress of everything happening, and I suppose by overdoing it, I compromised my immune system. Which then made me more susceptible to contracting the virus,” Kabelo shared.
The two went on to talk about the different isolation options they considered pursuing to make sure the rest of the family was protected. But because they had already been in contact with Kabelo, they decided that he should stay home and isolate there.
“He also has some history with asthma, so him being on his own didn’t seem like the best option,” Gail added.
The pair went on to reveal that Gail also contracted the virus, and even though she didn’t show any hectic symptoms, the danger was still there.
In the video, Kabelo and Gail sit side-by-side in what appears to be the dining area of their house. After talking about some of the things that helped the fever, which include ginger, lemon and Panado, Gail asks her husband, “were you scared?”, to which he responds:
“I don’t want to over-spiritualise the thing, but there’s just so much to live for. There’s you, the kids, my career, ministry etc. So, death never became an option in my head. And I guess that’s the case for many people as well, but the body disagrees. There were many times where I confessed the Word of God, shivering and it worked, you know, it did help me.”
As soon as Kabelo tested positive, Gail says she didn’t even consider testing because she just started living as if she was positive too. “So, I started treating myself too and drinking all the different concoctions and stuff,” she said.
But then her grandfather passed away and she wanted to explore the option of attending his funeral, so she got tested. When her results came back positive, Kabelo got very scared for her.
In conclusion, the couple begged people to stay home and emphasised how real the virus is. “It’s not until you go into hospitals and see how crazy it is out there, especially for healthcare workers. This virus is real and it’s important for all of us to continue staying home, wearing masks, sanitizing and taking care of ourselves, this is not a joke,” Kabelo said.
The couple subsequently recovered from the deadly coronavirus.