Coronavirus: ‘You have no idea what’s coming to get you’, An Italian Explains The Pandemic

SRINAGAR: An Italian twitter user has set the social media afire by a series of tweets suggesting how conveniently are the people ignoring the scourage that is chasing the mankind. The Coronavirus triggered Covid-19 has so far led to the 7513 deaths across the world with Italy as one of the major sufferers.

The twitter user, who goes by the name Yano (Jason Yanowitz) on the twitter has explained the six stages of the crisis that start with an innocuous and indifferent stage and later reaches a frightening period. Italy has lost 2158 people to the disease so far as 1851 of more than 23000 cases are still in a critical stage. This is the second-highest number of deaths after China by the Coronavirus.

“The coronavirus epidemic raging through Italy has already left streets empty and shops shuttered as 60 million Italians are essentially under house arrest. There are the exhausted doctors and nurses toiling day and night to keep people alive. There are children hanging drawings of rainbows from their windows and families singing from their balconies,” The New York Times reported from Rome. Hospital morgues there are inundated. Bergamo’s mayor, Giorgio Gori, issued an ordinance that closed the local cemetery this week for the first time since World War II, though he guaranteed that its mortuary would still accept coffins. Many of them had been sent to the Church of All Saints in Bergamo, located in the closed cemetery, where scores of waxed wooden coffins form a macabre line for cremations.”

It is this situation that has led Yano to write half a dozen tweets that offer an idea of how the situation changes instantly. This apparently is addressed to the areas where the virus is still on the margins.

Yano has converted the crisis that he has witnessed into six stages.

Stage 1

You know that coronavirus exists, and the first cases begin to appear in your country.

Well, nothing to worry about, it’s just a bad flu!

I’m not 75+yo so what could possibly happen to me?

I’m safe, everybody is overreacting, what’s the need to go out with masks and stock toilet paper?

I’m going to live my life as usual, there’s no need to freak out.

Stage 2

The number of cases begins to be significant.

There are some deaths but they’re all old people so the media is just creating panic for views, how shameful.

People lead their life as usual.. I’m not going to stop going out and meeting my friends am I?

It’s not going to get me. Everybody’s fine here.

Stage 3

The number of cases is rapidly going up.

They almost doubled in one day.

There’s more deaths.

They declare red zones and quarantine the 4 regions where the majority of cases are registered (March 7).

In Italy 25% of the county is under quarantine.

Schools and universities are closed in these areas but bars, work places, restaurants and so on are still open.

The decree gets released by some newspaper before it should…

…so around 10k people from the red zone escape from the area that same night to return to their homes in the rest of Italy (this will be important later).

Most of the population of the remaining 75% of Italy still does what it always does.

They still don’t realize the seriousness of the situation. Everywhere you turn people advise to wash your hands and limit going out, large groups are forbidden, every 5 minutes on TV they remind you of these rules.

But it still hasn’t settled in people’s mind.

Stage 4

The number of cases is heavily increasing.

Schools and universities are closed everywhere for at least a month.

It’s a national health emergency.

Hospitals are at capacity, entire units are cleared to make space for coronavirus patients.

There aren’t enough doctors and nurses.

They’re calling retired ones and those in their last 2 years of university.

There’s no shifts any more, just work as much as you can.

Of course doctors and nurses are getting infected, spreading it to their families.

There’s too many cases of pneumonia, too many people who need ICU and not enough places for everyone.

At this point is like being at war: doctors have to choose who to treat based on their survival chance.

That means that the elderly and trauma/stroke patients can’t get treated because corona cases have priority.

There’s not enough resources for everybody so they have to be distributed for best outcome.

I wish I was joking but it’s literally what has happened.

People have died because there wasn’t any more space.

I have a doctor friend who called me devastated because he had to let 3 people die that day.

Nurses crying because they see people dying and can’t do anything aside from offering some oxygen

A friend’s relative died yesterday of corona because they couldn’t treat him.

It’s chaos, the system is collapsing.

Coronavirus and the crisis it’s provoking is all you hear about everywhere.

Stage 5

Remember the 10k idiot who ran from the red zone to the rest of Italy?

Well, the entire country has to be declared under quarantine (March 9).

The goal is to delay the spreading of the virus as much as possible.

People can go to work, do grocery shopping, go to the pharmacy, and all businesses are still open because otherwise the economy would collapse (it already is), but you can’t move from your commune unless you have a valid reason.

Now there’s fear, you see a lot of people with masks and gloves around but there are still are people who think that they’re invincible, who go to restaurants in large groups, hang out with friends to drink and so on.

Stage 6

2 days later, it’s announced that all (most) businesses are closed: Bars, restaurants, shopping centers, all kinds of shops etc.

Everything except supermarkets and pharmacies.

You can move around only if you have certification with you.

The certification is an official document where you declare your name, where you’re coming from, where you’re going and what for.

There are a lot of police check points.

If you’re found outside without a valid reason you risk a fine up to €206.

If you’re a known positive patient you risk from 1 to 12 years of jail for homicide.

Jason Yanowitz (Yano)

Final Thoughts

That’s what the situation is like now today as of the March 12th.

Keep in mind that it all happened in around 2 weeks…


The rest of the world apart from Italy, China and Korea is just now beginning to reach other stages, so let me tell you this:

You have no idea what’s coming to get you.

I know because 2 weeks ago I was the one who had no idea and though it wasn’t bad.


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