…the situation is serious enough, so much so that it has required confinement measures for the whole Italian territory. In practice they have deprived us of some freedom of movement and assembly; if I have to go to leave the city, I have to communicate it to the Authorities, but then I can move …… it is a bit like being in a small war and having a sort of curfew.
For me who do not frequent crowded places, it doesn’t change much. I keep the clinic open only for emergencies as ordered by our Professional Order of Doctors. (My friend is a dentist) Meanwhile, it will be so until April 3 and then we’ll see. The same restrictive measures in China seem to have worked …. hopefully it will work for us too. Our National Health System is fantastic …… the only problem is related to the timing of acute cases that need resuscitation and intensive care: if they all still happen at the same time, there would be a shortage of beds. It is for this reason that the government (bad, made up of incompetent) forced us to stay at home as much as possible to avoid the contagion of too many people. Our doctors and nurses are doing an exceptional job. Meanwhile, it seems that a new therapy works well enough; a drug is used that is used for autoimmune diseases, in particular for rheumatoid arthritis, and which is called Tocilizumab: some hospitals are already using it on patients together with other therapies and apparently it works.
The disease itself is very strange; epidemiologists, virologists and infectious disease specialists have not quite understood how it entered our country. We in Italy have immediately performed at least 100,000 pharyngeal swabs and are therefore appear to be the most infected in Europe, but this is not true at all. France and Germany, for example, have done less than a tenth of our tests and therefore are apparently less affected than we are, but things are rapidly getting worse in other countries as well. Furthermore, our Government, despite all its enormous limitations, has decided to make everything absolutely transparent, communicating everything and not covering up anything; the other countries have done exactly the opposite. The result is that the concern has also blown up our economy …. but I see that things are going badly in other countries too.
For now, we are doing well and will try to minimize contacts with other people.