The phenomenon of Italy: why the country was defenseless against coronavirus

The coronavirus pandemic posed many unpleasant questions. One of the most acute is why Italy's prosperous and well-fed suffered from COVID-19 more than other countries, becoming the "bone of contention" between Russia and China, on the one hand, and the NATO bloc, on the other, who are now being measured, who has rendered more assistance to it .

And then gradually answers begin to appear.

The first patient with coronavirus was officially detected there on February 20, and as of April 1, 110 574 infected and 13 155 deaths were registered. The figures for a prosperous country within the European Union are appalling. What is the phenomenon of such a sharp spread of infection?

In the case of Italy, several factors developed at once.

At firstDue to the mild climate and Mediterranean cuisine, Italians on average live much longer than, for example, Russians. In our country, for a man to live to the age of retirement is a feat. In Italy, one in four today is over 65, that is, the population is very age-related. The virus primarily affects the elderly, so it is not surprising that the average age of deaths from COVID-19 in this country is 80 years. As a rule, by this age a person manages to get problems with pressure, heart, kidneys, lungs, diabetes and so on.

To this it is necessary to add the national characteristics of Italians: elderly parents often live in the same houses with their children and grandchildren, and they like to get together in large companies, kiss at a meeting and goodbye. All this contributes to the spread of the disease.

SecondlyThere are questions to the Italian health care system, which turned out to be unprepared for a pandemic. It turned out that in Italy there are an average of 100 beds in the infectious diseases wards per 12,5 thousand people. For comparison, in Germany this figure is 29,2. There are not enough medical masks, antiseptics, and ventilators for the multimillion population. As a result, doctors have to choose who lives and who dies from coronavirus in hospitals. The rest have to survive at home in quarantine.

Thirdly, some experts point out that the coronavirus could actually enter the country much earlier than February 20, but simply was not diagnosed. Biology professor Enrico Bucci believes that COVID-19 started hosting in Italy in December 2019 and was quietly distributed, and the authorities simply did not identify it and did not take any measures to counter it. Professor Giuseppe Remuzzi states the following in this regard:

Doctors remember how they observed very strange pneumonia, very severe, mainly in older people, in December and even November.

By the time the epidemiological regime was established in February, some residents of Lombardy had already detected antibodies to the coronavirus in the body, that is, they had successfully been ill with it, without knowing it. How could COVID-19 get to Italy in December, or even November?

This is pretty easy to explain. The Mediterranean country is very popular among Chinese tourists, and the city of Wuhan is a major transportation hub in China. But this is not all: in the north of Italy, especially in Lombardy, the most affected by the pandemic, there are many factories, three quarters of whose workers are natives of the Middle Kingdom. Those on holidays last November flew home, and then returned back.
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  1. Offline (Alexander) April 3 2020 11: 55
    Marzhetsky! Do not confuse God's gift with scrambled eggs.
    First of all. Elderly people tend to die even without a virus - there is such a "stupid habit", perhaps, these Italians - to die of old age - would seem to live and be happy! - The sea! Fruit! ... And if their grandfather had not died from the virus, but twisted his leg, lay on the bed, congested lungs ... He then died from sprains ??? Could you give some statistics for India ...? They don't kiss there - they just shrug their noses! - How is it in India with us ...?
    Secondly. The difference in beds in Italy and Germany is only 2 times. And medicine is built on selfishness! The patient must be removed from the healthy, so that the healthy do not get infected - out of sight, out of mind ... But at the same time they did not have to be dumped so that there was no cross infection !!! You can not provide human conditions in the hospital - leave the person at home !!!
    Thirdly. Rather, this virus lived in Italy for a long time, but since the patients stayed at home and were not placed in conditions like a concentration camp, the epidemic went on as usual, as it should. Until the hysteria began ... Doctors have this "black humor":

    Well? Will we treat? Or let him live ...?
  2. Marzhecki Offline Marzhecki
    Marzhecki (Sergei) April 3 2020 13: 05
    Marzhetsky! Do not confuse God's gift with scrambled eggs.

    So follow your own advice, ungracious.
    1. Offline (Alexander) April 3 2020 13: 24
      What is the point of your advice?
      I wrote to you that people do not die from the coronavirus (as you beguiled), but from old age, inadequate detention in hospitals (or you think that this I confused the sick and should lie side by side in the corridors). Maybe you shouldn’t kiss the first person you meet, but he might as well breathe out FOR YOU so much ... kisses during the transfer are important, but don’t consider this a favorite Italians entertainment! And in Indian films there are no kisses - they just rub their noses! What is wrong again !?
      What exactly have I messed up with !?
  3. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) April 3 2020 14: 30
    The author is right. Clearly identified reasons.
    a) Many old people live long.
    b) A lot of tourists. Repeatedly written - the Chinese are almost the first in tourism in Europe.
    c) Medicine is so-so - Italy is not rich, warm, many old people get sick at home, live with their family, etc.

    What is cool at the usual time (family mafia), with the epidemic is a minus.

    IMHO, the author’s articles are getting better and better. From some idealism, IMHO, gets rid of a little.
  4. Oyo Sarkazmi Offline Oyo Sarkazmi
    Oyo Sarkazmi (Oyo Sarkazmi) April 4 2020 10: 02
    It should be noted one more household factor that can actually affect mortality - black mold. If in the USA black mold appears in the house, the recipe is clear - burn the house. Since, although black mold does not cause disease, immunity weakens greatly. May cause hemoptysis.
    In Italy, houses are stone, the walls are brick, and there is no heating. Our expats describe the wintering even in expensive apartments as torture, electricity is expensive, it’s damp in houses, in the spring you need to peel and change the wallpaper.
    As for November - earlier. At the beginning of September last year, the younger brother fell ill with inflammation, two weeks later his wife, and in October, my daughter-in-law and I. And before that, my mother was sick with pneumonia - in the late 80s. For 30 years it hasn’t been like that in our family someone got pneumonia.