164 positive cases in Umbria. It continues to grow, here and in all of Italy. The new cases and deaths continue to set daily records. We have not yet turned the corner. But we are hoping we will soon.
Another day has passed. And a beautiful spring day it is. I couldn’t ask for a prettier place to be stuck!
I keep in touch daily, mostly through email and Facebook, and it makes me feel more connected. It is a real help to me. I also read multiple news sources every day. In my conversations I’ve noticed a very big difference in the way people are handling this enforced lockdown. A lot of it depends on ones personality. If a person feels the need for personal contact, they are having a hard time! If a person feels they need to always be busy with a project, it makes it more of a challenge. If a person is happy in his/her skin and with being solitary, it is easier. If a person can entertain themselves with reading, cooking, chatting with friends, it is not such a trial. I understand these differences and realize this whole thing will be different for each of us. But we hang together, and we hang in. The Italian saying is andrà tutti bene — it will all be better. You will see this everywhere here. Most of these signs are made by children. They don’t understand what is going on, so keeping their spirits up is key.
People are still not taking this seriously enough.
Today I read a post by David Lebovitz. He writes a food blog from Paris. He said…” We are on day #1 of a fifteen-day confinement. Bars, cafés and restaurants were closed Saturday at midnight (which were packed in my neighborhood, as usual, with twenty- and thirty-somethings), and people were told to keep a distance between them and avoid public places. But the revelry continued on the streets around here through the wee hours of Sunday morning. Later in the morning, people waited in line, shoulder-to-shoulder, shopping at the Bastille market, and Sunday afternoon, people filled parks in Paris, or sat by the canal to have a beer with friends. To be honest, it was disheartening, and a little frightening, to watch the news and hear people being interviewed, talking about how they didn’t care, that they were going to do whatever they wanted. So here we are, with talk of the military coming in to make sure people stay indoors.”
And I said yesterday that Americans were not taking the virus threat seriously. To my point… I saw a poll today by NPR which said: “…only 56% of Americans consider the coronavirus a “real threat,” representing a drop of 10 percentage points from last month. At the same time, a growing number of Americans think the coronavirus is being “blown out of proportion.” This means 44% DO NOT consider it a threat.
This is dangerous thinking people. You put others at risk, not just yourself.
I’ve been following the news from around the world from multiple sources. Finally countries are taking necessary steps.
France banned travel outside the home except for essential travel.
The Czech Republic, Cyprus, Denmark, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, and Spain have closed their borders to all foreigners.
Air travel is all but shut down. Countries are concentrating on helping to get their citizens back home.
The US and the UK both have changed their policies as of yesterday. The messages from the leaders are unambiguous at last. But the messages were quite different. One difference, Boris Johnson told the British people to prepare for it to last a year. Trump said for two weeks, but it could last into summer.
I’m sorry to hear the UK is still encouraging the schools to remain open.
Both the UK and many parts of the US are discouraging gatherings of 10 or more people. This is still too many people gathering together. At least according to my daily existence. I wonder how they come up with that number? Like 10 or less won’t transmit the virus? I don’t think so…
I noted the UK is “encouraging” people to stay home and they expect that most people “would accept that we are a mature and grown-up and liberal democracy where people understand very clearly the advice that is given to them”. But they said if necessary the powers to enforce the restrictions would be used.
I mentioned a few days ago that life has changed in so many ways here. One was no gatherings, to include Mass, Weddings, Funerals. The very sad consequence of this is that, with so many deaths right now, the grief is compounded by the fact that people are being buried alone, with no loved ones attending the funeral which is attended by a Priest and the funeral home employee. Families are devastated.
On a brighter note…The Italian papers are talking about the environmental changes happening here. The air pollution is practically nonexistent in the industrial North. And they said this morning, the canals in Venice are clearer that anyone can remember.
My sister said to me the other day…
“Crisis is the best impetus for change. Maybe the world will emerge from this a better place. We can hope so.”
Andrà tutti bene…
A beautiful comment, Nancy. Thank you for that. There are certainly heroes out there everywhere. And I guess it’s best to focus on those good people than the ones who are being so irresponsible. Thank you!
Thanks Barbara…helps me keep busy too!
As always, I SO appreciate your picture into what is happening in Umbria and all of Italy 💔. Yes, this will be an impetus of change, but the pain and personal devastation to soooo many is just too hard to even allow for me to think it will be worth it. It’s so heartbreaking, and yes, so much of my country should be deeply ashamed of their selfishness, ignorance and lethal behavior. I am not proud to be an American today. I am proud OF many Americans today. Small businesses run by single mothers closing, restaurants and other service industry jobs KNOWING their employees will suffer for the greater good…there are many I consider heroes. But not our government. Not all the retail establishments still open (or closing and not letting the public know they are forcing employees without sick leave to come to work for inventory, etc). Bravo, Italy, for loving your people. I am so proud of you, and so wish I were among your numbers as this descends upon us all.
Thank you thank you thank you Nancy for the thoughtful and thorough updates. You are a lifeline.