Italian doctor urges people to abide by self-quarantine

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“If and when people are asked to self-quarantine, it is vital that they immediately observe it.” This was explained by Dr Maurizio Ceccioni, an Italian medical doctor and head of the Anaesthesia’s Unit and Intensive care at Humanitas Research Hospital in Milan.

The Italian doctor was participating in a discussion organised by the American Medical Association.

He said that from what he can see happening in Italy, how the virus has widely spread, he explained various ways on how countries can learn from the mistakes, made by Italian health authorities, to avoid the widespread of coronavirus.

Till today, Italy has 27,980 reported coronavirus cases and 2,158 death cases were reported. The first reported case in Italy was on the 20th of February,

The initial cases were being confirmed in Northern Italy.

Dr Ceccioni said that countries should impose drastic measures as prevention as these measures can be more effective than what medical doctors can actually do. To increase medical resources would not be enough when the virus is widely spread, explained the Italian Doctor.

He also said that the public has a huge responsibility in all of this as they need to observe measures announced by the authorities.

He then mentioned how in Italy although hundreds of people are being tested positive to coronavirus the symptoms are not severe. Doctors are also exploring the reasons why children in Italy are not being affected much by the virus.

“Specialized training is required” – Dr Maurizio Ceccioni

According to Dr Ceccioni, in Italy health authorities did not only focus on increasing the supply of medical equipment but also intensive specialized training was required to treat patients positive to coronavirus.

Dr Ceccioni also said that even though the medical staff is equipped with the necessary protective clothing, the type of protective clothing does not permit them to work for longer than six hours as the type of clothing does not permit them to drink or eat. He also said that medical staff in Italian hospitals are asked to drink at least one litre of water to stay hydrated before wearing protective clothing.