Originally Posted by Baasha
That is horrible mate. Sorry to hear about the situation there.
Don't want to get political on this forum, but, can you tell us if Italy became the epicenter of Covid-19 in Europe due to the large number of Chinese workers in the fashion industry in and around Milan?
that seems to be the msm narrative in us right now, I keep reading this on twitter too
Well, for what I know the main chinese community in italy in fashion market is in Prato, in Tuscany region. The covid19 epicenter in Italy is Lombardy instead, 400km from Tuscany.
Simply said, Lombardy is the first most developed economic region (togheter with Veneto, another northern region) and therefore people travel a lot for business and it is a common place for luxury turists purchase, and we have a lot of chinese wealthy people that shops there along with russians, english, americans, arabs blabla. So due to globalization and so on, it is nothing than shocking that a virus could spread before in this cities than in some remote rural area. The thing is that it beated very hard in my city, Bergamo, 50km near Milan. Why? We still don't know for sure, so these are my opinions, but according to people covid19 was here earlier than Febraury (this is the month where the first covid positive patient in Italy, an italian not a chinese, has been found in Codogno a little city in Lombardy and the first city to be lockdown entirely), after that we realized that the virus was already spread in all lumbardy. In my city the first spreader of the virus was the Alzano hospital: people arrived sick, infect the personnel (nurses and doctors) and there you go. The hospital has been shutdown at the first days of March (!). A lot of people reported soar throat, aggressive flu that could endure for 2-3 weeks and, of course, pneumonia just at the end of 2019. But in the end of 2019/january 2020 we were just laughing at the news coming from Wuhan, "you know its just a flu, these chinese can't even tackle to a flu boyz ihihih" you know, the usual western ipocrisy (we are the best blablabla).
But after three months we realized that an epidemy such this cannot be fought with the usual health care system (which was cut in the last decade at least ok, "we have to reduce our costs, the markets are asking it for your future!!" but then again, a national health system is not developed in response to an epidemy) and that we were just plain morons to does not think that this could hit, and hit hard, even here, a country with the national health system at the top of the world in the global panorama.
In the end: who started what, in a globalized world, does it matter? Until the system won't change it will be only a matter of time for the next "virus something" to occur again, and since actions to stop that or reduce the damage that need to be taken in place are too much quicker and avoiding sometimes constitutional rights to implement them (eg. free of movement, entrepeneurs activities and so on) this will be one of the hardest challenge for our democracies and national feeling as a country. We should finally realize the "business as usual" is something that has to be changed, and globalization with it.
Hope you the best guys, wherever you are.