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Greymar Fri 20-Mar-20 07:34:52

Why is it so bad there? I feel so sorry.

Lucca Fri 20-Mar-20 07:44:09

I just read one theory by Oxford university researchers that Italy has something like 23% of population is elderly, also younger generation mixes more with older generation.
It is truly horrific what is happening there, my friend tells me she is now frankly terrified and no sign of it slowing down, coffins being transported to other areas as crematoria can’t cope in one town. This is why I get completely furious with the attitude here of oh what a fuss, very often by elderly people. Rant over. Sun is shining.

Whitewavemark2 Fri 20-Mar-20 07:45:10

I think one of the reasons is that they didn’t go into total lockdown sufficiently early enough.

China after a shaky (in denial) start then took on board the advice from WHO and went into total lockdown, and made sure people kept to the rules. SK tested everything in sight and controlled it’s population (as you’d expect) by technology.

The west with its liberal tradition is going at it half cock so it will always be up against it unless the penny drops with its population and they begin to do as they are told.

gillybob Fri 20-Mar-20 07:47:14

I have said a few times on other threads, I’m sure it’s something to do with the way the Italians meet and greet each other . Lots of touching , hugging and kissing .

Lilypops Fri 20-Mar-20 07:50:29

Lucca, I had the same thoughts, in Italy the elderly often live with their families, it’s a custom , so the families are going about their normal day , bringing home the virus to their elderly parents, that’s why there’s so many deaths amongst the elderly ,

Lucca Fri 20-Mar-20 07:52:39

Agreed wwm2 it looks as though here people won’t do the right thing until they HAVE to. Don’t get me wrong, normally I like our liberal tradition but this is so far removed from normal.

Whitewavemark2 Fri 20-Mar-20 07:53:30

Don’t forget that the chinese also live with their elderly parents. Very big on that.

Lucca Fri 20-Mar-20 08:03:14

Gillybob with respect ....French, Spanish etc all,kiss , shake hands etc when they meet and actually (GD favourite word) so do Brits now.

Riverwalk Fri 20-Mar-20 08:06:21

The death toll in Italy is staggering - it rose by over 400 each day for the past few days.

The piece on Channel 4 news last night was heartbreaking - many of the front line workers going into homes to help people, in full protective gear, were volunteers, not professionals.

And the sight of a convoy of military vehicles taking away the bodies was chilling.

From what I understand, the problem was contained in that northern area then they applied a lockdown, but not a proper one, so people from other regions or with family elsewhere fled and took the virus with them.

Italy has twice as many ITU beds as we do - just don't know how we will cope as this develops.

vegansrock Fri 20-Mar-20 08:06:46

I have close relatives in the red zone in Italy. They are describing it as being on a war footing. There are cases and fatalities in their small rural village. The local hospital is excellent and puts some of our to shame, yet it is totally overwhelmed with numbers on ventilators ( they have twice as many ventilators and icu beds as here). My relatives are fine so far but they are in total lockdown, they have stopped seeing family who they would normally see daily. There are people in their 40s in the village who are in hospital and one 45 year old has died. Doctors are also being treated in intensive care. Our laissez faire attitude and refusal to shut social venues is ridiculous. Supermarkets in Italy make people queue up 2 metres apart outside and only allow people in a few at a time, compare that to the undignified scrum here in our supermarkets. I am taking it seriously our local hospital here is already turning people away. Stay home people.

Whitewavemark2 Fri 20-Mar-20 08:08:04

I don’t want to alarm anyone, but this report must surely encourage people into lock down

suziewoozie Fri 20-Mar-20 08:12:29

This is brief and clear. Yes River that item on C4 - and the people were volunteers. I am increasingly concerned a out what will happen here and at the attitude of some people - we could follow Italy.

GrannyLaine Fri 20-Mar-20 08:17:26

Riverwalk I believe the lockdown was compromised by a press leak and people fled from the two 'red' areas to the south in huge numbers.

suziewoozie Fri 20-Mar-20 08:17:30

Bloody DT paywall. What we need at the daily press briefings are more graphs. I realise we can’t have full figures on number of people who have contracted the disease but our death figures will be very reliable. I’d like to see a graph showing the deaths for UK and for Italy - we could then compare trajectories.

Whitewavemark2 Fri 20-Mar-20 08:18:13

suzie thank you for that article that explains the mortality rate in Italy compared to other countries.

However it doesn’t appear to explain why so many are getting the virus in the first place, and I would still argue that stringent measures were not adopted sufficiently early enough.

suziewoozie Fri 20-Mar-20 08:18:19

Yes Granny it was leaked.

sodapop Fri 20-Mar-20 08:19:19

I think its a combination of circumstances in Italy as well. They do have a high proportion of older people as Lucca said and they were initially slow to respond. The volunteers who are putting themselves on the front line deserve a medal.

Whitewavemark2 Fri 20-Mar-20 08:20:26

suzie I will try to get my son to send me something as he was wittering in about out trajectory at the beginning of the week. He was very alarmed, saying that he figures that unless the U.K. gets it’s act together PDQ we are in for a very rocky ride indeed.

suziewoozie Fri 20-Mar-20 08:21:41

This adds a bit more

suziewoozie Fri 20-Mar-20 08:24:32

Thanks WW.A picture paints a thousand words ( and none of that include the idea of sending the virus ‘packing’)

vegansrock Fri 20-Mar-20 08:24:55

Italy also is testing much more in the community - so their figures much higher. We aren’t testing not even medical staff. So no wonder low numbers. In Italy doctors and nurses are being tested every 2 days.

Brendawymms Fri 20-Mar-20 08:52:17

The leather industry is strong in northern Italy but a lot of the businesses have been sold to Chinese nationals. A large number of Chinese also, apparently work in the factories in Northern Italy. Many went home to be with their families for the Chinese New Year and then returned to work in a Italy.
Some unknowingly bought the infection back with them.

Whitewavemark2 Fri 20-Mar-20 09:12:20

brenda it is amazing what you learn on GN

Sparklefizz Fri 20-Mar-20 09:35:14

Is Italy's high rate also because so many of them are smokers?

Juicylucy Fri 20-Mar-20 09:37:59

I read the same because there elderly are looked after by the families you have 3 generations in one home.