Despite all the fear, confusion, idiocy and anxiety, South Africans are still able to find humour in the situation.
The moment the president announced the national lockdown, the memes started circulating on social media.
There were many that had me laughing out loud, but the best must be the few that projected nine months ahead.
And like most good comedy, it’s funny because it’s probably true, especially for Coloured people here in Cape Town.
It’s about the unique names we are most definitely going to see when those kids are born. Names like Lockdownius, Coronia, Wuhaneo, Covidino, Isolatia, Sanitizio, Hygenia, and my personal favourite, Quarantino.
Now I’m a firm believer in giving kids strong, unique names that help them to make a memorable impression and stand out in life.
And if it has a beautiful, personal history behind it, then all the better.
But I’m not so sure about names associated with the Coronavirus.
I’ve always believed that you should name the future adult, never the child.
Because they are going to live with that name as an adult for much longer than they will as a child.
So if the lockdown is the cause of an overly amorous partner in the house, think carefully about what you are going to name the consequence.
Which reminds me, I’ve actually met someone named Consequence.
And she would blush all shades of red every time someone asked her why she was named that.