As the UK is gripped in a mesh of anticipation, panic and seemingly delirious disbelief at the unfolding Coronavirus epidemic, a filmmaker from Italy has created a powerful video, featuring Italians who’re currently in quarantine, urging people from countries which are yet to be hit by the peak of the virus to take the situation more seriously and enhance their self isolation efforts.
Although the vast majority of people fail to fully believe or process the news which is coming from Italy, which has seen mass infection, incredible strain on health services and countless deaths as a result of Covid-19, it’s apparent that with the gift of hindsight, many people would have approached things differently and want to pass on their messages so that we can learn from them.
The video, which was produced by filmmaker Olmo Parenti said that he was among those who gravely underestimated the true extent of the virus, even commenting “My friends and I were almost mocking the few people who believed the issue was serious from the get-go,”
Parenti and his friends were disturbed by the fact that they had severely underestimated the situation, a perspective that perhaps contributed to the spread of the virus. “We read in the news that the U.S., England, Germany, and France were all taking the COVID-19 progression just as lightly as we had,” Parenti said. “We decided we had to redeem ourselves in some way.”
Among the other messages in the video here are some of the key take aways:
“We’ve seen worrisome videos from France and the US of people not taking this thing seriously,” one man said.
“I’m pretty sure you’re underestimating it,” a woman said.
“Stop making fun of mum for telling you to buy face masks and go and buy them,” another said.
“There are currently kids our age who are intubated and in intensive care,” a young man said.
At the end of the short video, viewers are left with the message: “We underestimated this. You don’t have to do the same. Stay at home.”
Globally, there are now more than 167,000 confirmed cases of the virus, and more than 6600 deaths.