COVID-19 #iorestoacasa or saving Italy… in pyjamas

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In times of war everyone picks the most appropriate weapons and run to the battlefield to win. During the Roman Empire, to win a battle the legionnaires protected themselves with nice shields, helmets, lances and heavy armor weighting about 66 lbs. During the Great War, the soldiers readied themselves wearing military uniforms and handling rifles in addition to mortars, poisonous gas and artillery canons, protecting themselves in the trenches. By the Second World War, they went back to the uniforms and became familiar with the new arrivals: sub-machine guns and tanks. Luckily everything became “simpler” and, in the battle to repel the enemy, our great-grannies and grannies (the partisans) only had to wear everyday clothes and wielding a rifle. But when the enemy does not have a nation nor wear a military uniform, such as COVID-19, and all of Italy turns into a protected area it’s best not to go out into the battlefield. We must stay at home to save Italy, having patience and pyjamas is more than enough.

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#iorestoacasa or saving Italy… in pyjamas (Photo Freepik)

During the coronavirus emergency, we can save Italy by staying home, avoiding gatherings, crowded places and going out needlessly. If even once we wished to stay home in our pyjamas instead of waking up early in the morning… This is it, not only has the universe just given us the opportunity to make it happen, but also a unique opportunity to save the country. We have an invisible enemy, so we don’t have to wear 66 lbs of heavy armor or military uniforms. Just a little bit of civility and common sense is enough to make this our shortest and most victorious battle

Some facts about COVID-19

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COVID-19 – all of Italy turns into a protected area

COVID-19 is an acute respiratory disease caused by a virus belonging to the coronavirus family. Its symptoms are similar to those of a flu, such as fever, cough and muscle pains. However, it can develop into complications that result in death. It is believed that the COVID-19 originated from some animal species, transmigrated to humans and then is being transmitted among people. The first symptoms usually occur within 2 to 14 days after the infection, period in which the virus can also be passed on to others. There is still no treatment, but only measures to bring some relief to the symptoms and in most cases safeguard life. Among the preventive measures the most important is personal hygiene, I mean washing hands frequently and avoiding touching our face, especially mouth, nose, and eyes, but it is equally important avoiding going to crowded places.

According to the data released so far, the first cases of COVID-19 were found in the city of Wuhan, China, among patients who showed symptoms of pneumonia without an apparent reason. However, it’s important to say that this situation causes alarm not from the risk of infection by itself, but from the absence of a vaccine and mostly from the rapid spread of the virus, which could overload the health service as there are not enough beds nor staff for such an emergency. So, it is not the virus itself that frightens, but the possibility of aggravating the conditions of patients due to the lack of a sufficient number of recovery facilities to accommodate and heal those who are most vulnerable, as it can be aggravated by other conditions. According to Walter Ricciardi, former president of the Istituto Superiore di Sanità and now at the World Health Organization (WHO), out of 100 patients, 80 only have mild symptoms and heal on their own,15 must go to the hospital, but recover, and 5 are seriously ill and 3 of those actually die.

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Doctor wearing a mask during the Black Death period – Republic of Venice (Photo Wikimedia Commons)

When compared to other pandemics such as the Spanish flu and the Black Death or Plague, the COVID-19 numbers are not so alarming, and we just have to follow the emergency rules and the safety protocols. The Spanish flu between 1918 and 1920 led to death about 2,5 to 5% of the global population. The Plague, that swept Europe from 1348, killed 30% of the continent’s population. About 60% of Venice’s population died between December 1347 and May 1349. To defend itself against the Plague, Venice during the fifteenth century was the first city to set up a lazzaretto (or lazaret), a kind of state-run quarantine station, and it was also Venice that invented the so-called quarantine which then meant no less than 40 days of total isolation. This period had no scientific basis, but was inspired on biblical texts: 40 days and 40 nights is the duration of the Flood in which Noah remains in the Ark. Now we are living the period of Lent, which are 40 days that precede Easter, the celebration of the resurrection of life and the victory of good over evil.

 

*Roman soldier – by Bibbleycheese

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