We have all being discussing a lot on how and for how long we should keep our friends and families away from us. It is not just an affective issue but mostly economic. Business owners and industrialists have tried to fight the extreme measures taken by the governments in both Europe and the US. But apparently shutting everything down was the only solution to stop the pandemic. The good news is that it is working. The small town of Codogno, almost 25 miles south of Milan, was the very first city to be on a lockdown when the coronavirus started to infect people residing in that area. People were dying, hospital were full of people with severe pneumonia. The only option they had was to close each and every store, public places and to keep people in their homes for as long as possible. After 5 weeks on a quarantine, the contagion has stopped.
Milan and the Lombardy region
Two weeks after the beginning of the epidemic in Northern Italy, the Governor of the Lombardy region decided for a quarantine also in the rest of the territory. The whole region was mandatorily stopped. No more strolling in the nightlife areas, companies were asked to have their employees to work from home, tickets were given to those who did not respect the new emergency measures. It worked again. After twenty days on a lockdown, the contagion is slowing down.
The hard decision taken by the Lombardy region then served as an example for the rest of Italy. The whole country from Lampedusa, the Italian island closer to Northern Africa than to Italy itself, to the top of the Mont Blanc. Eventhough just yesterday the contagion rate seemed to be going up again, the overall scenario says that the epidemic is diminish its infectuous rush.
It is clear then how social distancing is producing the so desired effect of stopping the pandemic. At least for now. We will need to wait to see if and when we will all be able to go back to normality, which, in anycase, will be a new normality.