Banyana Banyana head coach, Desiree Ellis, is urging South Africans to be extra cautious after successfully recovering from Covid-19.

In a recent Instagram post, the senior national women’s football team coach opened up about her battle with the virus, admitting that her and her family had been infected.

The 57-year-old also expressed her concerns about individuals who are not practicing the health protocols which have been put in place by the World Health Organization to help save lives across the globe.

Screenshot of Instagram update by Banyana Banyana head coach, Desiree Ellis.

She has pleaded with these individuals to take the virus seriously as many people continue to lose their lives daily.

“I have not been very active on social media recently, but feel I have an obligation to share this with you,” Ellis pointed out in her post.

“These past few weeks have been very difficult for us as a family. I have tried to be cautious by wearing my mask, sanitizing and/or washing my hands and social distancing but yet I tested positive for Covid-19 along with a few family members.

“By the Grace and mercy of the Almighty God and by following medical advice, we thankfully recovered. I can surely say in the words of another coach that God was on my bench.

“It is concerning that many people are not practicing the health protocols and many still do not believe that it’s real. I have lost friends and relatives along the way and I am humbled and blessed that God has allowed me to live another day.

“Some of our fellow South Africans and some in other countries have lost their family and friends, some have lost jobs, some their homes and some are not in good health anymore.

“I really urge you to make sure that we individually and collectively play out part as part of a team to make sure we stop the spread. I know it’s holidays and the festive season, and it’s a time when there are usually lots of large family get-togethers and other gatherings, parties and braais, but let us pause for now, take care of each other and refrain from all of the social things we are used to doing during this time of the year to ensure that we can have our braais, gatherings etc for many more years to come.

“It is our responsibility to look out for each other, and to make sure we come out and survive this pandemic. As a country we have overcome many challenges and together we can overcome this too.

“I urge/plead with everyone to remember the basics and let’s practice the health protocols to the maximum. In that way we not only protect ourselves, family members but also the next person and their families.” – Banyana Banyana head coach, Desiree Ellis

“So, I urge/plead with everyone to remember the basics and let’s practice the health protocols to the maximum. In that way we not only protect ourselves, family members but also the next person and their families.

“Let us also remember that our frontline and essential workers and their families having been in the firing line of this fight against Covid and are exposed to it more so than others.

“I am not seeking sensationalism, but I see many people still questioning whether this pandemic is real, whether the infection rates are real, etc but from my own experience I can assure you it is indeed real.

“I don’t want you to be in the position that I was weeks ago having to personally fight this virus, or of those many others who did not survive. We need to take better care and be responsible if we are going to stop the infection rates increasing, so that we can in the months ahead say we played our part to stop the spread and help each other through this challenging time,” she concluded.

In an effort to save lives, a host of sporting federations have put suspended activities, as the second wave of the Coronavirus has struck many communities.

 

Photo 1 Caption: Banyana Banyana head coach, Desiree Ellis, is urging South Africans to be extra cautious after successfully recovering from Covid-19. Photo: SAFA

Insert Photo Caption: Screenshot of Instagram update by Banyana Banyana head coach, Desiree Ellis. Image: Instagram

 

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