Personal statement by Carl Niehaus about his ongoing recovery from Covid-19 pneumonia
14 January 2021
The past two weeks I have been very ill with COVID-19. After I have tested positive for COVID-19, I developed full-blown COVID-19 pneumonia and had to be urgently hospitalized. I ended up in Milpark Hospital ICU, where I was fighting for my life. I am deeply grateful for the professionalism and commitment of the doctors and staff there, and the treatment that I have received. They have saved my life.
I was able to experience in person the hard work, at great personal risk and sacrifice, that health care workers make every day. They are the true heroes of this terrible pandemic.
I have taken a deliberate personal decision not to make it public at the time when I was very ill with COVID-19. I preferred to deal with my illness in private. I did so because I realized that there are those in our society who would in hatred have celebrated my illness, and even wanted me to die. At the time when I was gravely ill I did not want to deal with such viciousness. Now that I am on the road to recovery, I can end my silence.
It is sad that some in our society have become so hate-filled, and vicious, that one cannot even hope at a time of grave illness, for support and sympathy. During the time while I was fighting for my life I was deliberately targeted by a well-coordinated aggressive propaganda smear campaign against me in the Daily Maverick, Mail & Guardian, City Press, e-NCA and other WMC media. These attacks are still continuing unabated.