Italian Doctor’s Plea for People to Take COVID-19 Recommendations Seriously

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Coronavirus, or COVID-19, is making its way around the world. Some countries, like China and Iran, seem to be on the downward side of the hill while countries like Italy, France, and Germany are sitting squarely in the middle.

For places like the United Kingdom and the United States, there seems to still be time, in theory, to “flatten the curve” of the virus’ spread so that the healthcare system doesn’t get overwhelmed.

One doctor in Italy, where that time has passed, is telling the rest of the world that the time to take the recommended precautions – all of them – is now.

Dr. Daniele Macchini works at the Humanitas Gavazzeni hospital in Bergamo, Italy, which is basically on the front lines of one of the worst coronavirus outbreaks in the world. Deaths from the virus are reaching triple digits (daily)in Italy, and as the rest of the world prepares for it to arrive with a vengeance, here’s what Dr. Macchini wants us to know.

The crux of his warning doesn’t have to do with a virus so deadly most people need to avoid it for their own health, but a virus that’s so good at infecting people that patients are overwhelming the hospitals.

He went on to describe some heartbreaking scenes from the hospital where he works,  and that he really, really wants people to stop dismissing COVID-19 as “just the flu,” and here why.

As for the symptoms, well, for those who get hardest by the virus, they’re not going to be something they can recover from without medical intervention. We have to hope those interventions are available when the time comes.

The doctors and nurses have no time off, no social lives, and are looking death in the face every day as they wait for their own inevitable positive test. They don’t go home for the same reason.

In the end, he doesn’t want to panic or frighten anyway, he just wants to give us real reasons to listen to what the WHO, CDC, and governments around the country are saying.

(NOTE: There wasn’t a #19 in this thread, just in case you were wondering if we missed it)

So yes… is it time to hunker down? Stay home? Interact with as few people as possible? Probably. Because we can protect not only the vulnerable, but the healthcare workers who are bracing for the worst.

We can do this, guys. We have Netflix and grocery delivery and spring is almost here.

Hold on.