Coronavirus in Rome

IMG-20200320-WA0000Looks like people have finally started realizing just how serious the situation is, the numbers of people who’ve caught the coronavirus are rather horrifying. We’re not allowed to leave our cities or towns at this point, yet people are still trying to leave the north to go back to their hometowns in the south… and apparently bringing the virus down with them.

Yesterday was Sunday, and the municipal police and Carabinieri stopped some 40.000 people in the country, most trying to behave as if there wasn’t the strictest of curfews on. Some of the excuses were actually funny, like the runner with his dog: he was stopped in full runner gear with his dog plopped down on the ground and refusing to budge. He’d been out with him for far more than the quarter of an hour doggy needs are meant to take, and the dog just couldn’t take it anymore. Also, social media are full of clips of irate mayors shouting to their people to STAY INDOORS!

We’re now in our third week of being cooped indoors here in Rome, and some two or three weeks longer up north in Milan, Brescia, Venice etc. The news from Bergamo up in the north is ghoulish, so many dead they literally don’t know where to put them… and their relatives are not allowed to accompany the corpses wherever the army trucks are taking them.

I’ve lost track of it all, and people in the know seem to think it won’t let up until mid-May. At this point the only places you can still go to are the nearest supermarket, pharmacy and the doctor’s – though only for “serious and really necessary reasons”.  I had check-ups programed, which I hate, and am happy to have had to postpone them for another month or two …

You have to have a declaration ready on you (with all your ID information and specifying why you’re in the street) should you be stopped.

I’ve taken to walking around the block each time I go down for something. My partner managed to beg a couple of pretty flimsy orange-colored paper face masks off his doctor, apparently not very good ones, but at least we look like we’re covering our faces. We can’t go down together, or rather, it would be irritating to have to walk two meters away from each other, so we take turns.

The news is meant to get better next week or at the most in a couple of weeks’ time, I’m looking forward to having better things to write about…


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24 Responses to Coronavirus in Rome

  1. I hope you’re well and safe! Hope things get better 😖

  2. Are you still in quarantine? “Look at Italy” was a bit of a mantra for us in terms of motivation to stay in, but look at the U.S. now!

    • Bea dM says:

      We’re still quarantined in Rome, and apparently it’s going to be for at least another month… You just have to stay in if you want what’s best for you, wherever you are in the USA

      • Has that been working where you are?

      • Bea dM says:

        I think so. People are pretty good about not going out except to the supermarket, and I’d say 95% have face masks. I think one person has passed away in this period, but no sign that it’s coronavirus (quite a bit of older people live here).

      • I’m glad to hear that. Italy has very bad numbers.

        I have a few right-wing friends who still share posts about overreacting and conspiracy-type ideas. They disagree with the orders to stay in, and I want to smack them.

      • Bea dM says:

        I agree. What’s going on here has nothing to do with a conspiracy.

  3. Anonymous says:

    The shelter-in-place order is a new reality for most people. I’m glad you are taking the necessary precautions and adjusting well given the circumstance. As far as taking the coronavirus seriously, admittedly, I was skeptical at first and thought the whole ordeal was overblown and driven by media sensationalism and fear. But families losing their loved ones coupled with the traumatic loss of people’s livelihoods is always a serious matter. Continue to stay safe. Best wishes from Corona, California.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Same here in France. Total lockdown except for visiting supermarket, pharmacy and taking yourself and if you have, the dog for a walk within a kilometer from your home. One hour per day. We too have attestations to fill in, sign, date with hour of departure from your home, and naturally carrying identification with you as well. We are into our second week and are expecting to hear next Friday evening that we will have another month added at least. Our garden is looking great; Dominique in putting his energy into his sculptures, and me, I don’t know … Doing my tai chi each day, studying for my next French exam, which will now be sometime next year, getting on Dominique’s nerves and FaceTiming and Whats Apping friends and family also in quarantine scattered around the world. Life’s great!

    • Bea dM says:

      I envy you your energy doing tai chi every day. On doctor’s orders, I had got into a routine of walking at least an hour a day, but being basically very lazy, most days I just look at my weights and the mat and think… domani!

  5. Kally says:

    Great to hear you are doing alright. We all can do now is to stay positive and stay safe. The unknown can cause a lot of stress on the heart and in the mind. Take care, Bea!

  6. Paul says:

    We’re in lockdown as well here in Alabama. Much of the problem is the same as you describe: people keep moving around. Here Mississippi beaches are still crowded with Spring break kids, totally insane. They are leaving from their and going wherever, heedless of the fact that they may well be infected with the virus.

    One good thing our store did is to open one hour early for 65+ folks to do their shopping and get their meds.

    Good to hear you’r okay.

  7. joliesattic says:

    Sorry, but I hope it gets better

  8. stay safe…we were going into lockdown, but then the Aussie GOV decided not yet

  9. nananoyz says:

    Thinking of you all! Please stay healthy and safe. Here in Florida we expect to be asked to shelter in place before this weekend. It needs to happen immediately, but our governor is a big trump supporter and is still trying to make money during these dark days.

  10. equipsblog says:

    Bea, Thanks for the update. We are not on lockdown in Central Virginia–just most restaurants are take out only. Gyms, movies, many stores, and tourist attractions are all closed., I’m sure it is worse in places like New York City or even California. It does make appreciate how relatively good we have it here. At least we can go outdoors as long as we are in groups of 10 or less.

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