Saturday, 21 March 2020

Italy, Pandemic’s New Epicenter, Has Lessons for the World

quote [ The country’s experience shows that steps to isolate the coronavirus and limit people’s movement need to be put in place early, with absolute clarity, then strictly enforced. ]

Greetings from Milan, beloved SErs. An update.
Today, March 21, we registered in Italy 793 deaths in a single day; 546 of them here in Lombardy, a densely populated, industrialized (and polluted) region. The overall death toll in the country is of 4825. China is — officially — still at 3255 victims.

Exactly one month ago — the expression "it feels like years ago” here is less rhetorical than ever — we spotted in Lombardy a young and otherwise healty Covid-19-positive man. He’s still our patient 1, but the precursors of his epidemic chain are still unknown, and probably quite rooted in time.

Epidemiologic data are a very complex matter, starting from the method used to collect them; given this premise, in my region the mortality for Covid-19, at present, stays at 11% of cases. And this region has still (despite the shameful cuts and privatizations of these last years) one of the best healthcare system in Europe.

I’ve nothing to add, because I’m sincerely speechless.

Please take notes, analyze in detail our situation, and do everything possible in your country to avoid our errors.

And don't forget jacking off, of course: it boosts your immune system.

All best,


[SFW] [health] [+7 Informative]
[by NuncEstBibendum@7:35pmGMT]


NuncEstBibendum said @ 8:58pm GMT on 21st Mar [Score:3]
Oh: in the meanwhile, our cavalry has come.

The Cubans arrived today in Italy. Very welcomed.
Paracetamol said[1] @ 9:12pm GMT on 21st Mar
There's probably more stuff like this going on … pretty sad:
Cyber-Attack Hits U.S. Health Agency Amid Covid-19 Outbreak
NuncEstBibendum said @ 10:26pm GMT on 22nd Mar
(actually, they arrived today)
Paracetamol said @ 8:21pm GMT on 21st Mar [Score:1 Informative]
This is such a tragedy, especially given the relatively quick action that has been taken. Consider that even countries like Sweden are currently dangerously reluctant to enforce measures.

The only political dissent left here is whether a full lockdown or a light one is appropriate, whereas since Friday, the streets stay pretty empty already.
steele said @ 8:56pm GMT on 21st Mar [Score:1 Informative]
Wulf said @ 1:04pm GMT on 22nd Mar [Score:1 Underrated]
I'm almost more concerned about the concept of "smart thermometers" rather than what they're reporting.
steele said @ 1:29pm GMT on 22nd Mar
Yeah, that too. Lots of dread reading that Miami Herald article.
Paracetamol said @ 9:04pm GMT on 21st Mar
Uhh fuck. You stay safe there.
cb361 said @ 5:51pm GMT on 22nd Mar
Florida is clearly inflamed, and at risk of dropping off.
Paracetamol said[1] @ 9:29pm GMT on 22nd Mar [Score:1 Informative]
Just stumbled upon this: Wild Honey Records newsletter, a good punk label from Bergamo with a similar experience.

They link to a quarantine mixtape of one of their artists.
NuncEstBibendum said[3] @ 6:03pm GMT on 23rd Mar [Score:1 Insightful]
An insightful report from Bergamo, the single city most severely ravaged by Covid-19 in Italy.

"Coronavirus is the Ebola of the rich and requires a coordinated transnational effort. It is not particularly lethal, but it is very contagious. The more medicalized and centralized the society, the more widespread the virus. This catastrophe unfolding in wealthy Lombardy could happen anywhere".

It's very informative, and offers an interesting overview on this pandemics.
Please read, take notes, and compare with your local situation.
Paracetamol said @ 10:00am GMT on 25th Mar
Interestingly, this letter was extensively quoted in yesterday's paper here – the headline was “Ebola of the Rich”.
NuncEstBibendum said[1] @ 1:03am GMT on 26th Mar [Score:1 Underrated]
...Reading such a report, today, from my perspective, feels absurd beyond words.

NuncEstBibendum said @ 12:41am GMT on 22nd Mar
Paracetamol said[1] @ 5:13am GMT on 22nd Mar
This is not going to stop. They are still in the German mode, e.g. light lockdown.

Since locking down borders is not very efficient anyway, the most reasonable action would probably be the one you hinted for Italy: countries less affected by the wave support the ones that can barely function and vice versa as the wave rolls.

The border controls between Poland and Germany have been lowered already to reinstate the flow of goods. A friend of my partner is a physicist that, after living through Covid after ski season, tries to volunteer for more affected regions now. [Edit:] Forgot this one: German hospitals are supposed to accept cases from Alsace which is the worst affected district in France, I believe.
NuncEstBibendum said @ 8:49am GMT on 25th Mar
In Italy, in the meantime, our death toll doubled the Chinese one.
Spain is going to reach 3000 victims.
Paracetamol said @ 10:05am GMT on 25th Mar [Score:1 Underrated]
News from Spain are especially awful. Let's just hope the whole situation encourages further sensible actions across countries.
NuncEstBibendum said[1] @ 12:11pm GMT on 25th Mar
Yes. The worrying thing in Spain is the fast spread in Catalunya (fun fact: you could start thinking that I'm a jinx, since I've been living in Barcelona for a while): two big cities massively involved are too much for a medium European country.
NuncEstBibendum said @ 12:49am GMT on 4th Apr
NuncEstBibendum said @ 4:18pm GMT on 20th Apr
Ok, in Italy we are still in (quite) deep shit; at least we shot the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic perfect photo.
Paracetamol said @ 6:30pm GMT on 20th Apr
“Officers, I'm only guarding these crates of medical equipment that have been washed ashore, yo.”

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