Venice is open again

Travel to Venice

Now you can travel to Venice again. Because the city is opening up. We are coming out of our quarantine and with sleepy eyes, we greet our neighbors in the campi and on the streets. I feel like the bear in April, when he stumbles out of the den, hungry, stiff-legged, and confused. Is this really what it was before… Before the isolation… Before the lock-down?

travel to venice There are people in the streets… Lots of people, but it’s different. Something isn’t like it was before.

It’s the language. While I used to understand 20 -30 % of what they were saying, now I understand it all. And I can’t say I like it.

  • Daddy… I want icecream. I want icecream! I want icecream!!!

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  • 7:50 for the Vaporetto, are you sure? 7:50..? That’s a lot. You sure about that? Wasn’t it 5 euro or 4:50… Or even 4? 7:50 is a lot, really. 7:50… I could pay 4 or even 5… But 7:50… You sure?

It was better when we didn’t understand. 

I remember when I traveled to Venice, the first time. 

I didn’t speak very much and the dialect here was way out of my reach. I didn’t understand anything. I remember riding the Vaporetto. It was wonderful. The peace, watching the water rushing by, admiring the city… 

Now I have to consider the latest political development, the sports results, all kinds of economical difficulties, and everybody’s personal issues.

So, the tourists are back, but they are all locals. And by locals we mean Italian. Cause from June 3, the Italians can travel again. They can travel from one part of the country to another without having to motivate why. And that has boosted a bit of national tourism. 

It’s not enough to put the tourism industry in Venice in motion, not even close, but it’s something… A first cough of the big engine to tell us that it’s ready.  

travel to veniceSo, now you can travel to Venice without any restrictions.

As of June 4, about 15% of the hotels in Venice were open and ready to welcome anyone who would like to travel to Venice. And it’s expected that before the end of June some 60 – 70% of the hotels will be open. 

To visit Venice there are as of now no restriction what so ever. Not from the Italian authorities. Anybody can come, just book a ticket and go.

The borders are all open. Having said that, many of our neighbors, still have restrictions. While France has opened its borders for Italians and other EU members, Austria, Slovenia and Germany are waiting. Many countries are supposed to open on June 15, but we will have to wait and see.

Anyone can travel to Venice now. Italy does have any restrictions on incoming traffic.

Museums and attractions are opening up slowly.  

Anybody who travels to Venice will find that the Peggy Guggenheim is open. And so is the Gallerie dell’Accademia, and the Doge’s Palace. The latter only weekends as for now. In June, the Basilica will open for visitors again, but the museum of the Basilica is open, as is the Belltower. Things are moving.

travel to veniceJune 2 is a national holiday in Italy, the feast of the republic. So the long weekend starting from May 30 became the first big event, after the pandemic. The Italians who traveled to Venice were hysterical, like the calves on their first day out in the fields, after the cold winter inside the stable. It was incredible.  And obviously, much of the social distancing went out the window… People were literally dancing in the streets.

Now let’s just hope that it isn’t too soon… Or too late. There are estimates that around 15% of the hotels in Venice will not open; not now and not ever. Is that good? Or is it bad? Do we want Venice to have fewer tourists?… Fewer crowds? Or do we still want to have a job to go to, to be able to pay the rent?

This is a difficult balance. And something that everybody has to contemplate now… Do we want an economy that is sound and let us earn the money to live? Or do we want to stay safe in a living environment with sea levels that stay reasonably low? Do we want to die from the disease, the cyclones, and the poison we spread around… Or do we want to die from starvation?

How do you answer something like that? 

Or is there a way to not die at all? 

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Venice at Lock down – Saint Mark’s Square like you’ve never seen it.

Alone in Venice

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The Coronavirus in Venice – Alone at home.

Coronavirus – Venice, how are we doing? Well, I have my family, but sometimes not even that is encouraging. The children are doing their school at home. If you’ve ever had two kids, both trying to follow a completely uninteresting lesson on a 14” screen, both rather playing video-games or go outside, then you’d know what I mean. It’s a war.

And although I love my wife, and I love my kids… After a few weeks, I wouldn’t mind seeing someone else too. Even one or two of my colleagues, or my very disagreeable boss, would do. Just to have some variation to the monotony. 

coronavirus veniceYesterday we organized a picnic: We packed the lunch in two large baskets, then we walked from the kitchen to the living room, bathroom, bedrooms and back to the living room, where we unpacked it all and had our meal on the sofa. Unfortunately, someone dropped tomato sauce on one of the cushions. 

Nature is awakening. 

The canals are crystal clear, the air is easy to breathe. And swans and dolphins swim around in Canal Grande….

No, that’s not true. It’s a piece of fake news. 

Swans do exist in Venice, and they were there even before the coronavirus. But they generally don’t come into the smaller canals. In calmer parts of the lagoon, they breed and live happily. 

coronavirus veniceThis is the result of a project that started already in the 80s. They collected funds from, mostly, the Venetian citizens, and activated an awareness campaign principally among hunters. Then they simply bought swans and introduced them to the lagoon, mostly the southern part. 

From there the swans spread and after some time they had gone over a large area, even in the northern part of the lagoon.

Now, these swans can be seen even in Mestre, and obviously they go into Venice as well… Even though it’s a rare sight. 

But there are no dolphins.

Dolphins can be spotted anywhere in the Mediterranean. They are more common in certain parts and less common in others, but no dolphin has ever been seen in Venice. It has very little to do with the water quality, but with the fact that they stay out in the open sea… Just like the sharks do.

Coronavirus, Venice.

I can’t deny that there’s something very attractive about Venice these days. The complete calmness, the silence, the slowness, the waiting…

coronavirus veniceNot that we go out, but even indoors, it’s as if the world is further away, yet closer. The normal street-sounds have made place for a much more subtle background audio carpet. Barely noticeable and with a completely different output.

The coronavirus has changed Venice in that way too…

The click, cluck from the water in the canal. 

Or the sssshhhwwosh when something big passes. 

Split, split when a small animal (…rat) swims there.

SSssss from the wind.

Klonk, klonk from feet on the marble. As until now, every now and then someone walks by, heading for the supermarket, or just walking the dog. 

Coronavirus, Venice, Italy, Europe and the rest of the world

I’m very disappointed with my fellow European countries and their governments. I’m sorry if I offend somebody, but I have to tell you what I think. And I’m absolutely convinced that I’m right about this. 

If you have, let’s say, an infestation of bugs. Nobody, in his right mind, would reason as almost all the world’s leaders do in this case… Let’s wait and see. If they spread, we just put small quantities of insect poison and as time moves on we put a little more. Just so that the problem doesn’t escalate.

No, what you should do is kill them as soon as possible. Everybody knows that the longer you wait, the more difficult it will be, the longer it will take, and the more poison you have to throw around.

But why are you so slow, so immensely slow?

The Coronavirus started out in China. The first documented case was already on December 1, 2019, in Wuhan, China. After that, it spread. On 30 January, the WHO declared the outbreak to be a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. On 24 February, WHO continued saying the virus could become a global pandemic due to increasing numbers of cases outside China. 

ora siamo tutti italianiMarch 11 the WHO declared the COVID-19 outbreak to be a pandemic. At that point I was already at home, isolated, since 1 week. The day before, Italy had closed down most activities, including schools, restaurants, bars, and more or less everything else, where people meet or stay close to one another. 

Coronavirus, Venice and the president of the European Commission.

The same day, March 11, the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, spoke to the Italian people saying: “Your effort and example are valuable for all European citizens. In Europe, we are following with concern but also with deep respect and admiration, what you are doing.” She then continued saying that the European Commission” will do everything it can “to support Italy”.

Now, a little more than a week later, in Germany, France, Great Britain and many other countries, the situation is identical to what it was here then. Wouldn’t it have been better if, instead of helping Italy in the Italian crisis, they, themselves, would have learned something? Wouldn’t it be better if someone in Berlin, in Paris, or in London actually would have read the statistics, and studied what we do here, what South Korea is doing, and what China has done to flatten the curve…? 

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Infected by country… It’s the same progress. We just start at different points.

And when President Trump says the COVID-19 is nothing more than a flu (…and many other state leaders with him, Many have compared the two diseases, and put the death figures of a normal seasonal flu on the table. As if it mattered.), and it will disappear in spring… Then we have to wonder,

WHAT PLANET DO THESE GUYS COME FROM? Johnson, Trump, Merkel, Macron and all the others… Where have you been? And didn’t they have TV and internet there so that you could follow what’s been going on for months in other parts of the world?

For God’s sake, Do your homework!

You just have to look at the figures, the curves, and the statistics, and you understand that it is the same situation everywhere. The disease works its way through the population in exactly the same manner wherever it is… In China, in Italy, in the US, in SouthAfrica, in Bahrain and in Iceland. The diagram is almost exactly the same. 

Another thing you should understand is, the earlier you start the pest control, the better it works. You can’t wait!

Now, finally, most countries in Europe have woken up. And the US starts to seal the cabin. But you could have done it weeks ago. When you saw what was happening in Italy, you could already have foreseen what was coming and taken action. That would have saved many lives, it would have shortened the outbreak, and it would have had a lesser impact on the so eagerly fondled national economy. 

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Herd Immunity and Cynicism

How to get rid of the elderly

The complete shutdown of Italy

What is herd immunity?

Venice has lost all of its income from the tourist sector. In Venice, Tourism/travel is the biggest industry by far, and almost all activities in the City have the travel business as its base. The close-down of the hotels is at almost 100%. Bars and restaurants are all closed. All museums, palaces and other tourist attractions are closed. It’s a complete shutdown

It’s really incredible how fast it has been. It wasn’t long ago, only two weeks, that we still went to work, we still had our Ombretta at the bar and a few Cicchetti at the Bacaro, we still went to the supermarket, we still did all the normal things that normal people do. 

The complete shutdown of Venice

But now it’s all closed down. Venice used to be the most crowded place in the world. So full of tourists, so full of people. A constant flow of attraction-hungry predators who hurried between the tourist sites to be able to take it all in… The beauty, the astonishing buildings, and the fabulous environment. The city of Venice that until a short time ago was concerned about stopping the flow, about putting an access fee to limit the rivers of tourists coming in every day… 

Now it’s deserted. So few people still live here now. We’re only around 50000 and even without all the tourists, without all the visitors, but with only the residents, it would be quite empty.  As almost everyone is staying home these days, the city has become a Ghost Town. It’s scary. You can walk over Saint Mark’s Square at lunchtime, in the middle of the day without meeting anybody. Nobody is walking around taking pictures, nobody is on his way to the Basilica. But not even a stray local, someone who missed the Vaporetto and is going home by foot, or somebody who’s just walking over the piazza to get somewhere else… It’s deserted. 

And it must have been 50 years since the last time that happened.  

what is herd immunityThe latest decree says that being outside is off-limit… Any outside. You can go to the supermarket, or the pharmacy, but to no other shops. Anything but alimentary supplies have closed anyway. You can walk the dog, but most dog owners just walk them around the block and hurry inside. The dogs are having the time of their life though. They’re handed over to friends and family as the indoor life with all kinds of friction and frustration, gets difficult. 

the enormous strain on the Italian economy is a big… a huge issue. Italy never had a well organized industrial production structure. The Italian economy is mostly based on mid-size- and small companies, many kept strictly within the family. With smaller markets and less capital readily at disposal, these companies are more vulnerable. The government in Rome already has decided for more than 25 billion euros to assist the regions. 

The long-term emergency

But there’s also a longer perspective to keep in mind: Schools and universities are all closed. If the emergency situation goes on, they could end up losing a whole year. Think about that for a minute. Every child, teenager and young adult would have to redo the school year. 

what is herd immunityFor us here in Venice, as in many other tourist destinations, it will take a lot of time before the tourists return. It’s not like you switch on the light and everything goes back to normal. It will take months, years even before we are back to normal. 

The money, the industry, and the tourism

Italy was in economical distress before the COVID outbreak. Now we are in an even worse situation. Still, the government, most of the opposition, the Italians, the industry, all try to do what it takes to contain the disease and make the consequences as bearable as possible. Italy is the second most affected country in the world, after China. In Italy, it’s a major crisis that will have an impact on all of us for a very long time.

We are in the lead. Italy is two to four weeks before everybody else on the timeline. From our point of view, everybody else will follow. There should be absolutely no doubt about that. The COVID-19 will continue to travel over the world, just like any seasonal flu. 

It’s not an Italian problem, it’s a global problem.

The figures all point in the same direction. And not only the figures, what the health experts say… From “We are well prepared, there’s no danger”, over “We are concerned, but we have so far no indication of any domestic transmission of the virus, the mortality is very low, and only elderly with background-pathology are at risk.”, til “We have to take drastic measures…”, to what the politicians say, and what the community thinks. We know because we’ve seen it before. It’s identical to the Italian situation. 

Every country in every corner of the world will have to do exactly what Italy has done… A complete shut-down. 

what is herd immunity

… Or maybe not. 

On March 13th, The British government Chief Scientific Adviser, Patrick Vallance, introduced something called Herd Immunity. 

What is herd immunity?

The idea is, simply put, when enough people in a community have developed immunity, it will be so difficult for the virus to continue its life-cycle and transmitting its disease, that it will die out by itself. It will starve to death. It’s a kind of natural vaccine. In this way, you could create a resistance to the pestilence without having to wait a year or more to develop a vaccine. 

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Patrick Vallance

Government representatives elsewhere have expressed similar ideas. When the numbers of cases increase, you soon arrive at a point were the healthcare just cannot cope anymore. Many countries are now closing in on that scenario, as the positive-numbers accelerate. What would happen if Germany instead of a few thousand had a few hundred thousand sick? And if France instead of 4000, had 40.000 or even 400.000. It’s easy to see the system’s potential shortcomings in front of an epidemic of that magnitude. 

So, if we can’t beat them, join them.

Maybe not join them, but let the Coronavirus do its job and we just try to flatten the curve a bit… To create at least the possibility for the hospitals to function while the virus is around.  

Patrick Vallance: If you suppress something very, very hard, when you release those measures it bounces back and it bounces back at the wrong time.”

… Indicating that it’s dangerous to suppress the disease.

 “What we don’t want is everybody to end up getting it in a short period of time so we swamp and overwhelm NHS services – that’s the flattening of the peak,

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Boris Johnson

He continues declaring that stopping mass events like football games, and other sports events are eye-catching but have very little effect. People are much more likely to be infected at home, or in other small environments.

… Indicating that, for example, an office or a factory could be much less problematic if a few measures of security were to be implemented. It’s better to work than to stay at home. 

You can’t stop it, so you should end up with a broader peak during which time you’d anticipate that more people would get immunity to this.

So, how many infected do we need to achieve this Herd-immunity? 

About 60 percent is the sort of figure you need…” 

What is herd immunity? … And how do the numbers work? 

60% of Britain’s population would be around 39 million. 39 million people infected by the sars-cov-2 virus. At a death rate of 1%, that means 390.000 deaths. But already here we would have to assume that you can’t decide how many will catch the virus. If we could do that, we wouldn’t be in trouble. So, at least 60%, but it could also be 70% or 80%… Or everybody. 

And if Britain decides to go down that path, they will probably pull everybody else with them. Because COVID has no borders. The idea of Herd immunity is that at least two-thirds of the population is immune, the virus should self-die. But it would have to include everybody, also those outside Britain. 

And all of us? We who live outside of Britain?

Unless Britons are supposed to close and seal the borders for a year or two until we have all overcome the pandemic and no virus is found nor inside nor outside the country. Otherwise, the Herd immunity must include the rest of the world as well. And now we’re talking 7,8 billion. 60% of the whole world is 4.620.000.000 people.

wht is herd immunityIf the idea is to create the Herd immunity only in Britain, then the Britons would have nothing to lose going abroad, while other countries would have to stop them from coming. One can easily anticipate the diplomatic problems that could arise. 

What is herd immunity? – The death rate.

At a 1% death rate and 60% who has to catch the disease, 390.000 Britons have to die to let the others survive. 

In the whole world, at 60%, that number is 46 million. 

But these figures aren’t reliable. We still do not know the exact death rate. Many could be flying under the radar, as often the symptoms are so mild that the infection is not detected. 

In Italy as of March 14, we have a total of 21.157 tested with a positive result. Of these, 1441 have died and 1.966 are fully recovered.  

That is a death rate of around 7% based on the total infected. Compared with those who actually have recovered, that figure is so disturbing that I don’t even want to calculate it. But let’s stay at 7%.

7% of 60% of the whole world’s population would be 323.400.000 dead.

Even if it’s just half of that, it’s still more than 150 million people.

And if we consider the possibility that if everybody gets exposed to the virus, then everybody could catch the disease. 

7% of 7,7 billion is 539.000.000 people. Half a billion dead mothers, fathers, grandmothers, grandfathers, children, and grandchildren.  

 

Are they serious…?

I don’t know if it’s a joke. Maybe they’re just pulling a prank. But I see a tendency among other countries, Belgium, Sweden, Germany and others who are desperate because in just a few days the Coronavirus-situation has gone from observation and concern to panic. In the current world situation, this could be a very attractive solution… You can continue with the production-industry, the service industry, schools, public service and everything else. 

And you could liberate yourself of a big part of the citizens. The one slice that is not productive, costs a lot and occupies the so well needed hospital beds. You could ease their pain and just let them cross the river Jordan. 

What is herd immunity and where does Patrick Vallance get his info from?

Where did Patrick Vallance get the idea that “You can’t stop it…” from? Who informed him about that? Does somebody know that? Is there some secret scientist society somewhere that already has resolved the mystery of the Coronavirus?

And we do not fully understand the immunity to the COVIC-19 after recovery, or how mutation of the virus could possibly alter the spreading, risks, and death rates.

China has a positive development now. South Korea has a curve that is flattening. We just hope that soon Italy will have some of the results we now see in the east. 

We urge you to think again.

Dear Patrick Vallance, and dearest Prime Minister Boris Johnson… Try to learn something from those who have experience of the disease. Instead of playing around with the lives of hundreds of millions of people, look around… Open your eyes… 

Listen, and watch what those, who were there before you, did. The governments, the doctors, the nurses, the health authorities, the scientists and the little people in the countries that have already gone through what you are dealing with now. 

And do not ruin the efforts of other countries… Countries that are fighting a new and deadly enemy, and actually try to save their people by doing so.

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Venice – A Ghost Town

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The tourists are abandoning Venice

The Coronavirus has now reached approximately 3500 infected in Italy. In Veneto, it’s more than 400 and in Venice, we’re more or less 75, including Mestre and suburbs. Now, tourists abandon Venice as a result, putting a significant strain on the local economy. These figures are changing by the hour, but they’re not going down. They’re always going up.

tourists abandon veniceWe’ve had two weeks of closed schools, and we will have at least one more. The museums are open… At least most of them, but theaters, cinemas and all kinds of other attractions are closed. The Airport has fewer airplanes arriving as companies are starting to cancel flights to northern Italy. 

Venice – A Ghost Town

All this has lead to a diminishing flow of tourists. Or maybe not diminishing but a complete collapse. The restaurants are empty, the Bars are full of Barmen who mainly do maintenance, cleaning, sweeping the floors… Some are closed for “Vacation”. The employees at the main attractions are friendly and smile at you as they bid you welcome to step in. The lines all disappeared a week and a half ago and now they count the visitors in two-digit numbers.

tourists abandon veniceIt’s a very strange experience. I usually write about the magical encounter that one can have on very late evenings in November or January… With the empty Saint Mark’s Square. These days, the Piazza San Marco is almost empty whenever you go there. There’s just nobody there. 

Back to the ’80s 

It brings back memories from the early years. When I first came here in the ’90s, Venice was much more genuine and normal than it is today. And they tell me that during the ’70s and ’80s, Saint Mark’s Square was often empty. As was most of central Venice in the low season. And the low season was everything from October to April. 

Especially the central parts were fewer people live, were deserted in winter. Even in those days, there were no markets, no barbers, no post offices or schools there. And when the tourists went home, it became quite relaxed, like a ski-resort in summer. 

Tourists abandon Venice – But Hey, Isn’t that good?

tourists abandon veniceSo, I was thinking to myself: This whole story about the new tourist tax… The Access fee that all the tourists will be charged to enter the city. And the protests against the Cruise-ships… And all the rest. The reason is that Venice can’t sustain a normal living for the few that actually reside here. We residents are suffocating under the massive weight of the 30 million tourists a year.

So, shouldn’t we be happy now? Apart from the terrible effects of the COVID-19 for all those affected… Shouldn’t we welcome a drop in tourism even if the cause is a negative factor?

No, because we need the money. And unfortunately more and more people every year turn to the very profitable tourist industry for their livelihood.  And the margins are dropping since everything connected to tourism is increasing in value. The rents are going up, the taxes are increasing, the bureaucracy surrounding it all is becoming more complex and more expensive. 

In later years the amount of accommodation available in Venice has exploded. Mainly in the B&B-sector. And that means that the whole system becomes more vulnerable. If the tourists don’t come, then who’s going to pay for all this?

On the one hand, we don’t want the streets to be blocked by tourists, we want to be able to go into a Bacaro, without being ripped off, and we want the normal functions of the city to keep at least a basic service level. On the other hand, we want the money that tourists bring. Because we don’t have much else to live from. 

It’s a difficult balance. 

Anyway, Saint Mark’s is almost empty.

… And I gotta say; I don’t have very much against that. Although the reason for it is a possibly deadly, contagious disease, I still enjoy the deserted city. Strolling around in Venice these days is a wonderful experience. 

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Venice in Quarantine

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The Corona virus

We are facing hard times. The globe is shrinking and another threat to the world’s population has emerged: The so-called COVID-2019, the corona virus. Some months ago we didn’t even know what it was. Then we heard about a city in China, Wuhan, where an outbreak of an unknown disease had caused deaths in pneumonia. Then we heard about the Chinese authorities shutting down the whole city and blocking all in- and out- traffic, isolating it from all contact with the outside world. 

corona virusThen we had a few isolated cases outside of China, in Thailand, Japan, South Korea. Then suddenly we had two cases in Italy, in Lombardia. It was a Chinese couple and they obviously had caught the virus in China before coming to Italy.

It’s closing in…

Suddenly the Corona virus was hot news. A few days and the cases became five, ten, and suddenly there were infected in Mira. And Mira is just 15 kilometers away. The day after, we had two cases in Venice. And that’s when the President of Veneto, Luca Zaia, announced a decree about how the region was going to cope with the emergency.

Yesterday, Sunday, we were all faced with a new life-threatening issue. Something that had turned our everyday life completely upside down… The schools were closed. The Carnival was suspended. (The last two days, Monday and Tuesday, that normally gathers an enormous amount of Party-hungry tourists, youngsters, and other, more or less, locals, were canceled. Now, many came anyway, but all the events were suspended.)

corona virusAnd now we just sit here, waiting in the shadow of the Corona virus. Our kids are at home (…happily gaming away from morning till evening, without homework, without sports-training and without many other duties worth mentioning…). We are at home too. Both I and my wife work in a field were it’s difficult to do anything if meetings are not allowed. So, we too are home until at least March the 1st. 

And now the corona virus has blocked Venice.

Because every kind of gathering is banned. Sports, theater, cinema, conferences, be it political or cultural or other, be it public or private, they’re all banned. So, there’s nothing one can do. We go out a lot but not where there are people… You never know who could be infected. The Venetians all bring a little bottle of hand sanitizer and every time they touch something or someone they put their hand in the pocket, pull up the bottle and wash their hands. Some carry mouth protection even though they say that those are only if you, yourself are sick and sneezes and coughs. 

The streets, the Calle, are… Well, I wouldn’t say deserted, but it’s obvious that something is wrong. The hotels suffer from cancellations, the Gondoliers rather than carrying tourists around Venice, stand in the corners discussing what’s happening. It’s a mess. Italy is one of the countries in the world with the most infected… We’re number three on the list with a terrible 230 infected and 7 dead. And that’s the reason why the whole city of Venice has stopped, parked, ceased, paused…

The question everybody asks is… Will it continue to grow? Will it stop or will it gradually cover all of Italy with thousands of deaths? Because this is just the beginning and we already have four infected here… As well as another four in Mira and 25 in the small village of Vò Euganeo outside Padova. 

Putting the corona virus in a context.

corona virusThe situation is very challenging, and although I wouldn’t want to minimize the fear and alarm that many of my friends and colleagues feel for the Corona virus… And I, myself, sense when I think about my family, my children and their vulnerability, I still have to put all this in some sort of context. The world out there is a dangerous one, and often it’s not until the Tiger stands right in front of us, ready to attack, that we acknowledge his presence. 

So, here are some of the other diseases, that kill people all over the world:

Sepsis: 

30.000.000 affected worldwide.    6.000.000 deaths (2018).

Hepatitis C

71-000-000 affected worldwide.   400.000 deaths (2016).

AIDS/HIV

38.000.000 affected worldwide.   770.000 deaths (2018).

Malaria

228.000.000 affected worldwide.   400.000 deaths (2018).

Cholera

1.300.000 infected/year worldwide.   21.000 – 143.000 deaths/year.

The Flu

And then we have the normal seasonal influenza… The flu. This is a disease that hits us every year with more or less severe symptoms. It keeps us at home and it makes us stay in bed for days, not being able to work, nor to do anything else useful. 

But it’s also a deadly opponent if your immune system is weakened or you’re old or you have some other secondary disease… Or if you happen to live in the wrong part of the world. It causes between 300.000 and 600.000 deaths every year worldwide. 

And there are many, many others…

A majority of these diseases are much more common in third world countries. Most of these diseases have a much higher death rate in third world countries, just because they often lack even the most basic antibiotics and antiviral medicins. And many of these diseases could be cured and even eliminated if resources were allocated. 

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So… Since we’re all at home from school and work, I’ll book a few days in the mountains… To teach the kids how to ski. That would be an awesome way to seize the day and to make something useful out of this desperate situation…

Dolomiti Superski

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