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Roger Morris, a principal porter at Groote Schuur Hospital, contracted COVID-19 while working; since his recovery, he shares his thoughts on the virus.


Cape Town, South Africa (22 May 2020) – The media has reported continuously on the Coronavirus in South Africa. From focussing on the provincial infection rates to deaths and political angles regarding the virus. We have hardly heard from people who have recovered from the virus.

The Heroes of Groote Schuur Facebook Page has recently shared a story from one of the hospital staff there. The staff member contracted the virus and has since fully recovered and returned to work.

Roger Morris, a principal porter, contracted COVID-19 and learned a few life lessons during his recovery. Roger shared his experience and fears as well as how to proceed through life going forward.

“It was very emotional learning I had the virus. I thought it was the end of my life. I think I should have been more careful to avoid getting sick.

I learned from this experience that I must not only be careful of the patients but also be careful of colleagues and those at home and everyone around me.

I feel very safe being back at work now, I’m more educated, my colleagues are all educated, we are now extremely careful and we get screened every day when we come to work.

My message to everyone would be to do your part. Keep the social distancing going, don’t do anything non-essential, keep on praying, and keep on believing you will be fine.” – Roger Morris, Principal Porter

Roger hopes his story will be a lesson to others. You can do more good if you stay at home and social distance properly.

Sources: Heroes of Groote Schuur
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