The Coronavirus emergency in Italy and Rome: what you should know

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  • John F Coates
    February 26, 2020 11:22 pm

    This is well-thought-out summary of what you need to know and what any traveler wants to know. The main thing should be to stay calm, don’t panic and, as with any airborne illness – colds, influenza, mainly – keep your distance as much as possible from anyone coughing and from anyone who might be affected by your cough. Have in mind that this is a variety of influenza, and any kind of influenza can run the gamut from mild to serious.

  • Sheela
    March 1, 2020 7:45 pm

    Thank you! We have tickets/ Air BnB reserved for April 20-28 in Rome. I’m not concerned so much with Italy, as with being forced to go into quarantine upon landing in New York. That’s the piece that Italy can’t control, unfortunately, and I don’t trust my government to communicate clearly and correctly. I am going to wait a few more weeks to see if people are forced into quarantine.

    • Dominika
      March 1, 2020 10:15 pm

      Have a look at: salute.gov.it
      You will know the real situation before you plan your trip to Italy. Don’t risk.

    • kathy
      March 2, 2020 1:27 am

      Exactly what we are concerned about. We have plans for the 24th to May 10th. And we are a bit concerned that if the number of cases continue to rise, Italy will close the large tourist attractions. We are also waiting and watching but time is running out for us to cancel without penalty.

    • Mari
      March 2, 2020 3:47 am

      The forced quarantine is my concern as well. We are supposed to travel to Rome from Orlando in three days!

      • ANGELA CIANTAR
        March 3, 2020 3:08 am

        I would wait till everything is out in the clear and not take a risk yet. Wait for a few more months for everything is back to normal and better weather is around the corner.

  • Mirela Letailleur
    March 1, 2020 10:29 pm

    We boat a boat for our sabbatical, with the plan to sail from the South of France to Greece (Eastern Med). We’re scared not about the virus itself, but about being put into quarantine in Italy or in the next country (normally Slovenia, unless we have to head to Greece directly) or being refused entry when we leave Italy. Any advice? I can’t find anything related to sailing in sailboats, as I’m immediately directed to news about cruiseships by Google & co 🙁

    • C. P.
      March 2, 2020 6:32 am

      We would suggest you contact the Port Authorities for each harbor you’re going ashore at (in some cases you will have to refer to the biggest sea town near those). Each country will have their policies updated as the situation evolves. At present sailing in Italy is allowed with no restrictions whatsoever – no news about neighboring countries, though.

  • Thant Phway
    March 2, 2020 10:52 am

    I have just returned from Rome after spending the week build up to my visit worrying and stressing. We had a lovely time there but we took many extra precautions especially with our hands and what we touch. Stay away from crowds – let the crowd pass or keep your distance. Use hand sanitisers everytime you have touched something / someone. Don’t panic, keep calm and enjoy your holiday. Carry hand sanitiser and antiseptic wipes at all times.

  • Jennifer
    March 3, 2020 2:23 am

    Unfortunately, this information is not up to date. There were 6 new cases in Rome today. 31 “pretriage” tents have been set up outside of hospitals in Rome.
    I’m a physician, and I want to tell you this is not “like the flu”. This is a new virus with no vaccine so no one in the world has immunity (except the people who have been infected and recovered). There are no antivirals to treat it with (there are 4 for influenza). The death rate is much higher. Complicating the picture is the incubation time (up to 14 days), which means people are spreading the virus for up to 14 days before they know they’re sick (incubation time for influenza is around 2 days). So you can’t just “avoid people who look sick”.
    Everyone has to make their own decisions, statistically you’re probably not going to get sick, but I just want people to have accurate Information.

    • C. P.
      March 3, 2020 7:29 am

      Very respectfully, I need to point out to you and other readers that your comment was made at 2AM, Italian time, while updates on this post are made at around 7/8AM, again Italian time, when news outlets start giving fresh updates. There is no intention of withholding information whatsoever: there wouldn’t be links to English language sources if this was the case! More to the point, I personally update this post once a day because I don’t work for this website full time 🙂 If you kindly refresh your page, you will find the number of patients is updated to reflect the situation in the Lazio region.

      As for pre-triage tents, it is simply not news: the Lazzaro Spallanzani National Institute for Infectious Diseases had some installed in January, when the first cases were recorded in Rome (the Chinese couple who has since recovered). Other hospitals followed suit. Since you’re a physician, you will agree that pre-triage tents are not cause for alarm, they’re the responsible thing to do when someone could potentially show up at a ER with symptoms that risk spreading to other patients waiting there. It means that the situation is not being underestimated. Pre-triage tents have been installed in every city where cases have been recorded.

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