So, this morning I woke up finding out that the Italian Senate has decided to prolong the lockdown in the country. This isn’t really news for us in the country, but I will admit that it does frustrate me a little, as we also have the feeling that this is just a little “bump” that will be prolonged for another 2 weeks.
What I would like to hear is that they tell us today what the actual date will be, rather than having to go week by week, finding out that we’ll be locked in for more time. All of this ranting is because it’s spring outside and Florence in the spring is one of the most beautiful things ever, and we can’t really enjoy it.
Enough ranting, and some good news, so even though the death toll is the highest in the world atm (12428), the contagion rate seems to be going down, so the measures put in place by the government were fruitful. So the question is are we going back to normality in 2 weeks? or are we going to spend all of April inside as well?
Update 17/03/2020 7.00 pm
Another day, another set of data from the Protezione Civile in regards to the Coronavirus in Italy. 31506 total cases in Italy divided into 26062 active cases (+2989 compared to yesterday), 2503 deaths (+345), and 2941 (+192). Scary numbers, scary days. But we can’t really do anything but stay home and hope the containment of the virus works.
But we have some good news, cause the representative of the ISS (Istituto Superiore Sanitario) has announced that the tests for Tocilizumab, the anti-arthritis drug talked about in the last update, has been tested on 330 subjects and from Thursday testing will come into Phase 2. So, we’ll have some news regarding a potential Coronavirus cure.
Update 13/03/2020 7.00 pm
As per usual at 6 pm the Italian Protezione Civile releases numbers and information on the state of Coronavirus in Italy. Between today and yesterday, there have been 11000 new tests, so the numbers are going to some high numbers, so don’t freak.
We’re looking at 17660 cases in total, with 14955 cases that are positive and still being cured. 1266 deaths, but the Protezione Civile specifies that most cases have died with Coronavirus, not because of Coronavirus, with two cases under 40. Keep in mind that both cases recorded serious pre-existing conditions. While the recovered cases are 1439, so the situation isn’t great but we’re looking at exponential growth in recovery.
Also, today the Chinese Red Cross arrived in Italy to help with the Coronavirus spread that is taking place, bringing doctors that worked on the cases in Wuhan and brought with them material that is needed in the Italian hospitals.
Many questions that are being asked have to do with Tocilizumab, which was used in two cases in Naples that had a positive outcome to this anti-arthritis medicine. Obviously, two cases are too little, but the president of ISS Brusaferro confirmed that there will be trials in place during this time. So fingers crossed if this goes well there might be hope for a Coronavirus cure.
Hello hello, my fellow readers, it’s day 3 of the Quarantine for me and for the rest of Italy, during this Coronavirus Epi….nope Pandemic. So, what happened now?
Last night Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte during a Live stream on Facebook announced a stronger shutdown of public places, to further slow down contagion. What does this mean? That the idea is the only places that need to stay open are “basic necessities” stores such as supermarkets, pharmacies, and for some reason toy stores and tobacco shops. The last one makes sense as most tobacco shops sell government stamps and a place in which you can pay your bills. Even though they are open they still need to respect the meter distance precaution.
Because of this new decree for the Coronavirus in Italy, you will find cues outside of the supermarket and pretty much any open store. Now, this also means that all restaurants are closed, but worry not cause if you can’t be bothered with cooking they are open only for delivery. So, you can’t go out to get a meal, but you can enjoy some take-away at home.
Update 10/03/2020 7.00 pm
So today the numbers on Coronavirus in Italy are a bit more positive than the last ones we received, there is still an increase in cases. We’re going from a total of 9172 cases yesterday, to 10149 today.
The number is divided into 8514 positive cases, 631 deaths (not ideal), and 1004 recovered. We’re still on the 10% recovery rate, so I’d say it’s a pretty positive start for this “Italian quarantine”.
Update 10/03/2020 12.00 pm
The government just released a list of things you can do during the virtual shutdown for the Coronavirus outbreak in Italy. I’ll translate it below.
- What distance do I need to keep between me and others? at least one meter (just over 3 feet)
- If I have fever what do I do? If your fever is over 37,5C° (99,5 F°) call your doctor, stay at home and DO NOT GO to the ER. (If your uni didn’t give you a doctor yet, you can call 1500 or based on your region one of these numbers.)
- Can I visit other towns? Absolutely NOT, except for necessity. (this means your doctor or work)
- Can I move for medical reason? Yes, always
- Can I leave the house to go to work? Even if it is in another municipality? Yes, work-related travel is permitted. But it is good to always remember to bring with you the self-certification. You’ll find it here.
- I am currently outside of the red/orange areas can I travel back home? Yes, going back to your place of residence is permitted.
- Who needs to stay at home at all costs? The elderly and people with immunodepression or pre-existing conditions.
- Will there be mass or other religious functions? No
- Will cafes, restaurants, and gelaterias stay open? Yes from 6.00 am to 6.00 pm, only if they have their clients respect the meter of distance between them.
- Medium and Large sales areas? Will be closed on the weekends and Fridays.
- Pharmacies and Parapharmacies? Will be open as usual
- Kindergartens, schools, and Universities? Will be closed until the 3rd of April
- Large scale meetings, conventions, and events? Are off-limits.
- Pubs, cinemas, theatres, pools, clubs, museums, and libraries? Closed
- Town center offices? All services will be available online, the most important services will be available in office as well.
- Can I go to the supermarket? Yes, one person per family may go.
- Can I go to eat at my relative’s house? It isn’t considered a necessary trip, the logic behind the decree is to limit movement as much as possible, so it is wise to say home and limit the contagion.
- Can I go for a walk? Yes, in places where there aren’t gathering, and while keeping the meter distance. It’s not forbidden to go out, but gatherings aren’t permitted. (Family members or people that live within the same household are permitted to be together, the idea is to not have everyone be next to each other)
- Can I go care for my elders that aren’t self-sufficient? This is considered a necessity. But keep in mind that the elderly are the ones that risk the most in this situation, so put all the precautions in line.
- Can I go into town to do my groceries? Yes, but the supermarkets need to make sure that the people within respect distances and aren’t forming crowds. Also, remember that supermarkets and malls will be closed on Saturdays and Sundays.
- Will couriers be circulating? Yes, couriers are allowed to circulate
Now many of these things don’t have to do with you personally if you’re here but do try and respect the decree and enjoy some downtime indoors.
Update 09/03/2020 11.00 pm
Sooooooo….because of the Coronavirus Italy, the country is in a virtual shutdown. I know I’m pretty repetitive by telling you not to freak out, but if you’re in Italy now you can only leave the city your in if you have to work, for medical reasons or to go back home. The idea is that people should only be going out to buy their basic necessities in this period.
Don’t organize any house parties cause that’s gonna be a mad fine on your hands.
As I was saying in prior updates, catch up on some series, read a book, make some music, start that project you were thinking about doing. Cause you definitely have the time to do it now.
But why did they close everything down if the situation isn’t that crazy? Cause they want to make sure that the contagions don’t rise any higher than they already are, and they don’t want to overcrowd the hospitals.
I’m gonna go watch some Netflix now cause that’s all I can go. Happy Corona to all!
Update 09/03/2020 7.00 pm
I’ve just finished listening to the Protezione Civile’s daily update on the Coronavirus Italy. It started. off strong with Regional Affairs Minister Francesco Boccia, closing down all skying areas, because with all of the school’s closed kids were going skying as if they were on vacation.
So what are the numbers? In total there are 9172 cases in Italy as of today. That counts 724 cured patients (+102 more cases compared to yesterday), 466 deaths (+97 cases compared to yesterday, with a median age of 80 years old). The 7985 cases remaining are divided into 4316 cases that are in hospital, but not in intensive care, 733 in intensive care, and 2936 are at home.
The death numbers are definitely scary, but even though they are high you must keep in mind that Italy has a very “old” population. The thing we need to start realizing is how cured patients are more and more every day. In the meantime, I’ll let you know more tomorrow and keep you updated on the Coronavirus Italy outbreak.
So the government has passed a new law in which all of Lombardy and 14 provinces in the rest of the country (Asti, Alessandria, Novara, Verbania-Cusio-Ossola, Vercelli in Piemonte. Venezia, Padova, Treviso in Veneto. Modena, Parma, Piacenza, Reggio Emilia, Rimini in Emilia Romagna. Pesaro, Urbino in Marche) are now considered “red zones” this can create a bit of panic, but if you are there this only means that most places are going to be closed and that it’s highly recommended that you stay indoors.
Now you must be thinking why do we need to chill if they’re telling us to stay indoors? Because the biggest problem that the country is facing at the moment is a fear of widespread contagion of the Coronavirus in Italia. With the population being very old and the hospitals up north starting to get overcrowded less contagion equals a more relaxed recovery. Now it’s very important that you do your part while here even just to be more relaxed. Also when you go out to grab a coffee or go to the supermarket you need to keep at least 1 meter of distance between you and other people (that’s a little more than 3 feet) to prevent a risk of contagion, but also to make sure the place you love to get coffee at doesn’t shut down.
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I hope you have a couple of things to watch on Netflix or Prime or whatever streaming platform, cause let’s be honest no one is going to catch up on their reading in these days.
It’s a weird moment, isn’t it? We can’t deny that the whole Coronavirus situation is putting a lot of things into perspective. Forcing us to look at this country in a different way. Forcing us to bind together (keeping at least a meter apart from one another) in this anxious time. Mostly because it’s anxiety and fear of the unknown that is bringing all of us to act the way we are. Yes the virus is a bit scary to me as well, I’m in Italy and I find myself traveling the country quite a lot for work, and every time someone coughs I freak out inside a little bit, but I can imagine that’s the same for most of you that are in countries that are affected by the virus. But what is the Coronavirus Italia situation atm?
The Coronavirus in Italy numbers are going up and don’t really show signs of slowing down in the next days, maybe next week, so don’t worry too much. Now what I’m saying is that all the numbers are going up, also those that are cured, we’re looking at 414 cured cases out of 3858, so that’s roughly 10% for now. That’s pretty good. I have left a pic of Protezione Civile’s report that was released for the press last night regarding the Coronavirus Italia outbreak.
It’s also true that you see a high number of deaths, and to be honest 41 of them came out just yesterday. You do have to remember that the median age of the people that died is 81 years old, and in most cases, the people that passed away had serious pre-existing conditions. It still sucks that they died though, so our thoughts go to the families of those who were lost in the Coronavirus in Italy.
Now, how is it that Italy has the highest number in all of the Western world? You’ll see that from the number on the lower far right, the one beneath Tamponi, that aren’t tampons, but tests that were done. Italy is the country in the west that has done the most tests up until now.
As you can imagine, one of the biggest sources of income in Italy is tourism, and the Coronavirus outbreak has been pretty bad on the business. So the governor of Tuscany Enrico Rossi has passed a law that in this time of fear and doubt. The region states that all foreigners that are here as students, as tourists, and as researches won’t need to pay for their medical expenses and will have the same privileges as Italian citizens when it comes to healthcare. You know (and I say this as an American because I am) the standard right to survive if you’re sick.
So, instead of grabbing the first flight from Italy like you want to do, I would probably stay in the country. Free health care compared to high medical costs in a country that is just starting to have a real problem on its hands. Plus I mean unless you live in the south, Italy is starting to get warmer and in the words of the President “the heat generally speaking kills this kind of virus”.