If Covid-19 was a war, health workers would have been in the firing line.
Medical professionals, already stretched to the limits under normal circumstances, now also have to focus all their time, energy and expertise on Covid-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus.
This is also taking its toll on their mental health and you can support efforts to help health workers by supporting CrazySocks4Docs (CS4D) Day on Friday May 29.
CS4D is organised by the Ithemba Foundation, a non-profit with two public benefit goals – to raise awareness around depression and other related diseases such as anxiety, as clinical, biological diseases, and to support research. Ithemba is the Xhosa word for hope.
As health workers we must undertake to serve the sick and needy, but we must also look out for one another, help one another, inspire one another and seek help when we ourselves cannot
Ithemba is calling on the public to wear funky mismatched socks on Friday May 29 to show that they care for the carers, academic and administrative staff on medical campuses, as well as medical students.
Post your sock selfie on Facebook to show you care – and for medical students, there is a little bonus: if they encourage family and friends to like their sock selfies, the student with the most likes on each campus will get a cash prize of R1 000. Use the hashtags #Care4OurCarers and #CrazySocks4Docs Day.