“In reality, the virus clinically no longer exists in Italy,” Alberto Zangrillo, the head of the San Raffaele Hospital in Milan in the northern region of Lombardy, shares.
Lombardy was one of the areas in Italy that suffered severely during the COVID-19 outbreak.
As months passed by, it seems that the coronavirus has become much less lethal, something which you can see if you take a look at Italy’s number over the past few weeks. And although the article and observations are specifically related to Italy, it is something that even us here in Malta can stand to learn from and in our own way, adapt.
“Italy has the third highest death toll in the world from COVID-19, with 33,415 people dying since the outbreak came to light on Feb. 21. However, new infections and fatalities have fallen steadily in May”.
Zangrillo explains how it’s time for politicians to take into account this new reality we are living in and learn to adapt our lives accordingly.
In fact, following weeks of mandatory lock-down, Italy is finally unwinding some of the most rigid lockdown restrictions introduced anywhere on the continent.
Backing him up, Matteo Bassetti, head of the infectious diseases clinic at the San Martino hospital in the city of Genoa shares: “The strength the virus had two months ago is not the same strength it has today … It is clear that today the COVID-19 disease is different.”
And while measures in Italy are being relaxed, and professional doctors are in fact noticing that Covid-19 seems to be losing its potency, at least for now, Italian Government shares that scientific evidence showing that the virus has disappeared is still pending, so in the mean time:
“We should instead invite Italians to maintain the maximum caution, maintain physical distancing, avoid large groups, to frequently wash their hands and to wear masks.”