It has been months, now, that we got to know the respiratory syndrome of coronavirus. It has been less that it arrived to Europe, that means closer to us, and to Italy.
By now, the situation changes day by day. The first cases were discovered in northern Italy.
Countries have started to close connections to this areas to prevent virus spread and Italian government has started to put stricter and stricter rules to contain the emergency.
The crisis has affected many sectors, but more than the others, art and tourism have been hit.
People working in those fields are facing a difficult challenge. Archaeological sites, museums and theatres are closed, travelling for fun is “forbidden” and Italian tourism is at risk.
People are losing their jobs, but this is not the worst.
Italy has been representing abroad like the most dangerous country in terms of virus in Europe, because it has the highest number of cases.
According statistics, Italy is the country that controlled the highest number of people. But, there is a “but”, it depends on the methodology that the different countries use to count the infected people and deaths.
Nevertheless, this article is not about numbers – there are other sources for that – this is about the situation in the country right now.
Firstly, we are fine. The lockdown is a PREVENTIVE measure the government took to avoid the virus to spread. There are, of course, cases of sick people, like in other countries (it is a virus, what a surprise!) and the cities are taking it seriously avoiding gatherings of people and doing disinfection in public places and streets. There are people ding, but doctors and researchers are doing their best to stop people die of coronavirus.
Secondly, there is a strong discrediting of the country abroad. Italian economy is, for a good part, based on tourism. If a country did everything possible to maintain its streets safe, why should it get disadvantages from this “excess of zeal”?
Until the situation is not safe, be sure that you will not be allowed to come here. Thus, if it is allowed, come with no fear!!! It is safe!
Anyway, we are hopeful about this situation, trusting to face it together by joining forces. Stopping to damage the image of a county, with an infinite natural and artistic richness.
“Cchiù nero d'a notte nun po' venì” says one neapolitan song. It means that there no worse than the worst, so don’t worry: better times are coming!
Finally, let me say “andrà tutto bene” (everything is going to be fine), the message Italians are writing everywhere, trying to stay positive in a difficult situation.