The Discovery COVID-19 podcast

DISCOVERY SOUTH AFRICA  |  Podcast , ±15 min episodes every 6 days  | 
Our expert guests’ share key insights to help you to really understand Coronavirus Disease 2019. Learn all you need to know about maintaining your mental, physical, emotional and financial wellbeing – and more – in the context of COVID-19. Empower yourself with the facts. Stay informed. Stay healthy. All brought to you by Discovery.

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27
JUL

Dr Illana Links: “We healthcare workers were so burnt out. However, the vaccine was sign of hope”

Dr Illana Links, a psychiatric registrar at Dora Nginza Hospital in Gqeberha (formerly known as Port Elizabeth), was one among the first, of the country’s COVID-19 frontline doctors, to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in February this year. She tells us what having her vaccine has meant to her, and shares how knowing that the vaccine meant protection from serious COVID-19 illness made a huge difference to her outlook.
27
JUL

Dr Despina Demopoulos: “The COVID-19 vaccine is the way to go”

Dr Despina Demopoulos, a paediatric intensivist and head of the paediatric ICU at the Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre in Johannesburg, shares the way in which COVID-19 vaccines have brought hope and kept many doctors and healthcare workers going through the very tough experience of the pandemic. She adds: “Don’t be scared to vaccinate. If you’re given the opportunity, please take it. Please do it for yourself, your family and our country. It’s probably the only way we’re going to get through this and eventually get back to normality. It’s the only way we’ll be able to go back to spending time together.”
27
JUL

Dr Khatija Kadwa: “Choosing to be vaccinated means choosing to protect those who are vulnerable in our communities"

Specialist obstetrician and gynaecologist Dr Khatija Kadwa says the best way to fight the COVID-19 pandemic is through sticking to the preventive habits that limit our exposure risk and having our COVID-19 vaccine. She shares how the pandemic has changed her life and what being vaccinated in February meant to her. “On that first day 40 of us were vaccinated. There were cheers and celebrating,” she says. “The next day we worked in shifts vaccinating our colleagues.”
22
JUL

Professor Brian Allwood: “People ask me if the vaccine is safe, and my answer is that I’ve had it."

Professor Brian Allwood says having a COVID-19 vaccine is an important step for all South Africans to take in the collective fight against the pandemic. For him, being vaccinated felt like he was finally able to breathe a sigh of relief after a year at the coalface, spent treating very sick people in ICU and critical care. His message to all of us? “We all want to get over this. We all want to look at COVID-19 in the rear-view mirror. COVID-19 vaccines are a really important step in reaching a level of immunity that will mean COVID-19 is a thing of the past.”
22
JUL

Professor Mosa Moshabela: “COVID-19 vaccines are safe, and will help us to get back to a degree of normality”

Since the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, Professor Mosa Moshabela led the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s (KZN) COVID-19 response. A chance trip to Singapore in February 2020 gave him early insight into the impact that COVID-19 could have on a city and its people and allowed him to return to South Africa with key learnings and prepared to support a local and national response. He’s since been at the forefront of research and training aimed at educating the public on COVID-19, and has supported both the National and KZN Provincial Departments of Health in this regard.
22
JUL

Dr Sumy Thomas: “COVID-19 vaccines save lives”

Dr Sumy Thomas says that for the elderly and for people who live with chronic illnesses, COVID-19 is “a matter of life and death”. She explains the benefits of COVID-19 vaccines and encourages everyone, especially the elderly, to get vaccinated as soon as possible.
05
NOV
2020

5 ways to cultivate compassionate leadership in turbulent times

In our dramatically changed world, mental health is not the private space it once may have been for leaders and employees. The pressures brought to bear by the Covid-19 pandemic have meant an increase in stress, anxiety and mental illnesses across the spectrum, for people the world over. The world as a collective is experiencing and reacting to a trauma – this trauma and our reactions to it has speed into every aspect of our lives – including our work. As more and more people transition towards a blend of work-from-home and being at the workplace, how might we all cope better? Louisa Niehaus, psychotherapist and with a specialisation in trauma, shares advice on cultivating compassion in a changed working landscape. Louisa delves into five key ways in which leaders can serve as influential role models for compassionate acts at a time when they are most needed, helping all people within the workplace to better approach the current turbulence and maintain mental wellbeing.
22
SEP
2020

Opening special needs schools safely in the context of COVID-19

Ilana Gerschlowitz is director of the Star Academy, which caters for the education needs of children on the autism spectrum or with a related disorder. She is also the author of a book called “Saving my sons - a journey with autism”. In her latest podcast, she shares key insights into safely re-opening schools that cater for children with special needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Ilana shares ideas on which protocols to put in place and even tips on how to get special needs kids to wear a face mask. Ilana’s message is always one of hope and innovation to get through every challenge and her latest podcast is no exception.
04
AUG
2020

Dr Colinda Linde’s top advice for employers and employees managing the return to the workplace

In her latest podcast for Discovery, Clinical Psychologist Dr Colinda Linde speaks to employers and employees about dealing with the very real fears, anxieties and discomfort people have around returning to the workplace during the COVID-19 pandemic. How does a leaders’s anxiety filter down to employees? And how do feelings of anxiety and insecurity affect employees personally and also their ability to work? How should leaders help employees to adjust to working from the office again? Why is it critical to explain how the business is working to safeguard employee health (especially to high-risk staff or those who have vulnerable family members)? Why is sharing information around decision-making and planning key to helping employees to feel included and safe? Why is ensuring staff connectivity key? Dr Linde speaks to key aspects of business preparedness and business continuity in the time of COVID-19.

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