It’s pointless bandaging a foot when the patient has a headache.
The Italian Problem
It’s reported COVID-19 has spread to all the regions of Italy.
The first cases of the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic in Italy were confirmed on 31 January 2020, when two Chinese tourists in Rome tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019, caused by SARS-CoV-2.
One week later an Italian man repatriated back to Italy from the city of Wuhan, China, was hospitalised and confirmed as the third case in Italy.
A cluster of cases was later detected, starting with 16 confirmed cases in Lombardy on 21 February, and 60 additional cases and first deaths on 22 February.
By the beginning of March, the virus had spread to all regions of Italy.
But it’s only Lombardy that has the really serious COVID-19 problem.
About 10 million people, forming more than one-sixth of Italy’s population, live in Lombardy and more than a fifth of Italy’s GDP is produced in the region, making it the most populous, richest and most productive region in the country.
It is also one of the top regions in Europe for the same criteria.
Milan’s metropolitan area is the largest in Italy and the third most populated functional urban area in the EU.
One look at the map of Italy suggests:
○ It’s only Milan and Turin that have serious COVID-19 problems.
○ The rest of Italy has a far more manageable COVID-19 situation.
Don’t live in the dark.
Don’t shut the sunshine out of your home.
Don’t exclude the fresh air.
A Report on an Epidemic of Influenza
in the City of Chicago in the Fall of 1918
John Dill Robertson
Department of Health – City of Chicago – 1918
The Spanish Problem
It’s reported COVID-19 has spread to 50 provinces in Spain.
The 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic was confirmed to have spread to Spain on 31 January 2020, when a German tourist tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 in La Gomera.
On 24 February, following a COVID-19 pandemic in Italy, Spain confirmed multiple cases related to the Italian clusters, originating from a medical doctor from Lombardy, Italy who was on holiday in Tenerife.
Since 13 March 2020, there have been registered cases in the 50 provinces of the country.
Only on the islands of El Hierro (Canary Islands) and Formentera (Balearic Islands) have there been no registered positive cases.
But it’s only Madrid that has the really serious COVID-19 problem.
One look at the map of Spain suggests:
○ It’s only Madrid and Barcelona that have serious COVID-19 problems.
○ The rest of Spain has a far more manageable COVID-19 situation.
The French Problem
It’s reported COVID-19 has spread to all regions of France métropolitaine.
The 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic was confirmed to have spread to France on 24 January 2020, when the first COVID-19 case in Europe and France was confirmed in Bordeaux.
It involved a 48-year-old French citizen who arrived in France from China.
Two more cases were confirmed by the end of the day; all of the individuals recently returned from China.
A Chinese tourist was admitted to a hospital in Paris on 28 January and died on 14 February, marking the first death from COVID-19 in Europe and France.
But France doesn’t appear to have a really serious COVID-19 problem.
One look at the map of France suggests:
○ It’s only the East of France that could have a serious COVID-19 problems.
○ The West of France has a far more manageable COVID-19 situation.
Lombardy isn’t Italy, Madrid isn’t Spain, and East France isn’t West France.
There are huge regional differences.
The regional hot spots are very identifiable.
And it’s arguable only the hot spots should be locked-down in quarantine.