Former Bafana Bafana defender Matthew Booth says sports people have a huge role to play in making people aware of the coronavirus.
Booth acknowledged that South Africans are living in uncertain times and stressed the need for safety to take precedent over football.
He emphasized the impact that people involved in sports can have.
The 43-year-old also backed the decision to go into lockdown to try and slow the spread of the virus.
Reported on SAFA's website, Booth said: "It is unprecedented, we have not seen anything like this on a global scale since the Spanish flu outbreak [in 1918].
"It is a complete eye-opener, and I think it exposes how vulnerable we are to new viruses. It is scary, but there are also lessons that we can learn from this."
He added: "What has been pleasing as well is that the move has the backing of all political parties in the country, and that is what we needed, to send out a clear signal to the public to do the right thing.
"The positive to all of this is that you get to spend a lot more time with your family. I have got a lot of chores to do at home!
"Life is a lot more important, and saving lives is a lot more important. Sports people have a huge role to play in making people aware of what they need to do so that we can beat this pandemic."
- TEAMtalk media