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Locked down but not out in Italy

“Guess you’re not living like a tourist anymore,” was the funny, truthful and somewhat gut-wrenching message of a friend the day the lockdown in Italy began. Today is day 6.

My beloved Italia has been hit hard with the COVID19 epidemic. With the second largest elderly population in the world, the epidemic has meant a disproportionate amount of deaths in the country. So though I haven’t been worried about contracting it myself, this isn’t about me or someone like me who, if contracted it would probably have a sucky couple of weeks and then recover. It is about if someone like me contracted it and then spread it to a person with a complicated health history or an elderly person with a weakened immune system.


In a country with no concept (and no physical room really) for personal space, and in a city with reproachable hygiene standards in its public services (hand sanitizer and hand washing should not be a new thing here - Public transport in Rome is repulsive!), it isn’t totally shocki…

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