Not long ago, Italy was in the news daily with horrendous reports of mass deaths and despair. At that time, it was declared the world’s worst hotspot for COVID-19. What is happening today in a country with over 50 million people?
There have been over 36,000 deaths related to or involving COVID-19. Today, five people in Italy died from COVID-19 – only five! There have been over 245,000 cases in total so far. But, today, there were 252 new cases of COVID-19.
Over 12,000 Italians are being treated for COVID-19. Only 46 of those cases are considered serious or critical requiring ICU beds. 745 are being treated in hospitals and the remainder are under self-quarantine.
The average new cases of COVID-19 range between 113 and 296 for the past 30 days. The average daily deaths range between 3 and 23 for the past month.
What worked? The Italian government reports that the Italians’ compliance with social distancing and other generally approved practices that prevent the spread of disease – washing hands, masks, etc.
Italy allocated one-third of hospital beds for COVID-19. They have been reluctant to return to normal hospital operations, but that might change in early August.
Non-COVID-19 patients are routed and transported through hospitals to avoid any possible contact with COVID-19 patients. One floor in each hospital is dedicated to screening. All screeners and COVID-19 medical staff are tested weekly.
Schools and universities remain closed, but bars and restaurants are open with social distance rules in place.
From the world’s worst hotspot for COVID-19 to near control in six weeks. The restrictions went into effect months ago, but it is the Italians desire to change their lifestyle to slow the spread of the virus and to do those things required to survive.
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