I just found out that a second colleague of mine from the public broadcaster, has tested positive for covid19. This latest case is at the same offices – the headquarters in Auckland Park. That’s a little too close for comfort.
Roughly two weeks ago, I had a foreboding feeling while at work. I had been working on a covid-19 story. It was an international story. Nothing odd there, coronavirus has been consuming media attention since January.
But then I read an article about the course of this virus. Like what it actually does to your body. How it turns your body against itself. And I knew. I just knew that I had to get out of there. I work on a communal desk. There are sanitisers at the biometric scanners upon entering the building.
There is no sanitiser in the parking lot entry and exit points. My employer is wholly incapable of protecting its employees against the virus. I said all of this to my psychiatrist. She labelled me “obsessive compulsive” and sent me to a psychologist. Initially, I thought I was being delusional.
The psychologist talked a convincing game. I was blowing this whole thing out of proportion, he said. Insisting I remove my scarf, which was covering my mouth and nose, he reassured me that I was safe from this coronavirus business. And yet there is a person who tested positive for the disease, covid19. How long was he/she infectious? What if I came into contact with him/her in the lift?
And my employer seems so nonchalant about the whole thing. It’s so frustrating. It’s like they just don’t seem to understand how big this thing is. How deadly. How lethal. It feels like I’m being forced to choose between my livelihood and my life. Although, you can’t have one without the other. But that doesn’t seem to matter to the paper pushers.
I’m sitting here counting my blessings. Well vacillating between that and dread that I may have come into contact with patient zero at my workplace. Today has been a really fulfilling day. I was working on adding subscribers to one of the church podcasts. If all goes well, this podcast could really start taking off.
One thing is for sure, I cannot commit most of my working hours to a company who has shown it doesn’t care about me in the least. It’s time to make some changes to make life more liveable. For 21 days I can do whatever I feel like doing. This is what life should be all about.
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