I’m perplexed as I sit down to write this. I’ve gone through the day’s papers — Business Day, The New York Times, The Guardian; I’ve watched snippets on CNN, BBC World, eNCA, SABC, Al Jazeera; I’ve read columns and blogs, and visited Facebook and Instagram; I’ve dipped into Twitter and the half a dozen WhatsApp groups that I belong to.

Here’s what I’ve found. Across the entire news, lifestyle, gossip, sport spectrum, across the gamut of social media posts, random YouTube clips and television talk shows, there is one single topic being discussed: the coronavirus pandemic and its resultant disease: Covid-19...

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