Well, Easter is in one week and, as announced, all of Italy will be made into a red zone. I remind you that when you’re red you basically have to justify that you’re getting out of the house because you really really need to, you can’t visit friends and you can only visit relatives if […]
Well, Easter is in one week and, as announced, all of Italy will be made into a red zone. I remind you that when you’re red you basically have to justify that you’re getting out of the house because you really really need to, you can’t visit friends and you can only visit relatives if they’re sick and they don’t have anybody else.
The Red Easter is basically done to prevent people from celebrating it outside of their home. Which is kind of infuriating because, as the song goes, everyone knows you celebrate Christmas with your people and Easter with whomever you want.
Yeah, it’s bad English on purpose.
Not that it does really matter: my region was bound to stay red anyway, as we’re still having really bad numbers. So, here’s how it’s going to go.
This is not particularly bad, this much I expected. I was still kind of hoping to be orange next week so that I could have had a couple of friends staying over, but I didn’t have much faith in it.
What really worries me is the announcement that no one will be yellow, like ever again, or at least until the end of April. Regardless of the numbers we’re having.
There are two main differences between the orange and the yellow zone: when you’re yellow, you can travel outside your town borders and you can have lunch in a restaurant. No dinner whatsoever, since eve the yellow zone has the curfew, but at least you can have lunch. So basically there will be no dining out till May.
If you own a restaurant you’re probably well off turning it into, I don’t know, an underground pharmacy that provides testing, since my region is probably one of the few in Italy where you can’t get tested easily.
When it comes to the vaccine, it’s not like we’re doing much better. My region is one of the wealthiest ones and I’m sad to say we have always relied on private healthcare: if you needed something, you just paid for it. There have been times in my life when I did extra jobs and weird stuff, to afford treatments I wanted or needed. Right now, this is not an option. And we’re seeing the effects. I know first-hand some people in their 80s who have not been called yet. My grandmother got her shot because she’s in a nursing home.
On this website, you have real-time tracking of vaccinations in Italy. Here’s pretty much how’s going.
Rate is pretty much the same (although in Tuscany they had some weird stuff going on, as you can see) but it’s simply not enough considering how many people are living where I live. We’re not going to get out of it anytime soon.
Meanwhile, people are still defending the idea that Covid has a 99.9% rate of survival and we’re simply overreacting. To those people, I suggest taking a look at the gross number of people who died in 2020 compared to the previous year. There’s a good article here.
Meanwhile, some people are refusing to get vaccinated even when they’re eligible (which basically right now it’s just medical personnel). Just this week, there has been a scandal in which a Judge had to rule against some nurses appealing in court after they had been put on paid leave because they were refusing to get the shot.
Now, you should know that we have an article, in the constitution, which states that no medical treatment can be forced unto an unwilling citizen
Some people are quoting that article.
La Repubblica tutela la salute come fondamentale diritto dell’individuo e interesse della collettività, e garantisce cure gratuite agli indigenti. Nessuno può essere obbligato a un determinato trattamento sanitario se non per disposizione di legge.
It roughly translated as follows: «The Republic protects health as a fundamental right of the individual and in the interest of the community, and guarantees free treatment for the needy. No one may be obliged to undergo any particular health treatment except if mandated by the law».
I guess that small last part gets often forgotten.
I’d also like to remind you that the article simply is trying to state the fact that no one can burst into your house, drag you out by the ear, bend you over and give you your shot (yeah, it’s not a shot in the arm I have in mind, here, in case you’re wondering). It doesn’t have anything to do with the fact that we can, and we will, put you in isolation so that you will not harm others. And if you don’t trust science, maybe you should have picked another job? Just wondering.
Meanwhile, Grammarly has added a hilarious functionality. And that sounds about right.