Travel Precaution and What Canada Can Learn From Italy’s Situation With Covid-19?
Due to COVID-19. Today, Codogno, Italy population: 16,000 looks like a ghost town.
The residents ordered to stay in their homes.
Apparently, this is where the Italian coronavirus outbreak began on February 18th when a 38-year-old athletic male with breathing problems was repeatedly turned away from his doctor’s office and the local hospital without being tested.
He unknowingly spread COVID-19 to dozens of people over several days. Dr. Lorenzo Cassani is a hospital administrator in the area.
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We know that patient one went in and out at least three or four times from the emergency room so he spread the virus to other patients and also to the health care workers. Then it exploded. Dr. Giacomo Grasselli leads a COVID-19 task force there.
We were watching images, the TV from China. We saw them building up to hospitals in a week and I said well this is crazy.
Now I completely understand why they did that. It’s like a mob of patients that explodes and then — they just come out every day — some 60,50, 70 new patients. And really it’s a challenge of how to find a place for each one of them.
So it’s incredible what’s happening. I mean it’s a very bad experience, a very bad experience.
Now all the hospitals in northern Italy are stretched to the breaking point. The health care workers totally exhausted. Themselves terrified of contracting the virus and passing it on to their own families.
Ventilators are the only thing that will keep the sickest patients alive and there may not be enough to go around Doctors have to decide who lives and who dies.
The elderly and those with complicating medical conditions might be sacrificed. So if you have to choose between a 75-year-old and a 20-year-old person.
Obviously the person with a higher expectation of life. And this will be a horrible choice.
Now effectively that means that some people are being left to die because it’s not possible to treat everybody.
Prof. Yascha Mounk at Johns Hopkins University has studied the ethical dilemmas of what used to be considered battlefield medicine.
I can only imagine how psychologically devastating it must be for the doctors and nurses involved. It’s hard to fathom.
Yes, it becomes overwhelming, for sure. But I have to say that doctors and nurses are doing a heroic job. They are saving really thousands of lives and working night and day to grant everyone the best possible care.
Especially since it was among the first to ban flights from China. Some people point to the average age of the population. The oldest in Europe. Some point to the bad air pollution in northern industrial areas that has caused widespread lung disease.
In the northern region, we have the most polluted air in Europe. This is linked with a viral infection. Pneumonia infections. Also, we do not have emergency plans for pandemics. We have natural disasters.
And also we were the first so we were totally unprepared. No reason at all. The only thing that makes Italy different is that the first couple of cases arrived in Italy about ten days before they arrived in Germany or the United States or Canada.
So if other countries aren’t going to react in an extreme way right now they’re going to become Italy. There have already been over 1,800 COVID-19 deaths in Italy.
It has the highest mortality rate of any country even that of China. Canadians are cautioned not to be reassured by the much lower number of deaths so far in Canada.
My message to Canadians is that many countries around the world have thought something about them makes them less susceptible to this virus than others.
And that has proven wrong in every case. The problem arises when these start in a small community with a lot of people.
When every people gets infected it’s called the super spread. It becomes more and more powerful and then it explodes.
So if you are able to identify the first cases and to contain them then you might be safe or at least safer. But I would not wait until you have 10, 20 30, 50 deaths.
That’s not the way to do it.
The good news is that we know what can work.
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Canadians can look to South Korea.
They can look to Singapore.
They can look to China to understand what they have to do in order to avoid mass fatalities. And that is canceling everything now.
Staying at home.
Bosses telling them to please, work from home if it’s at all possible.
That is what is needed now in order to save lives.
They brought almost 2 million surgical masks and hundreds of ventilators and defibrillators for intensive care units. Having been the origin of the worldwide pandemic China is now in a position to help confront it and stay safe from COVID-19
As each day brings hundreds of new deaths in Italy.
Written By Ashfaqur Rahman