“Just don't take it lightly”: The Importance of Learning from Italy’s Mistakes in the Coronaviru

Signs from Italian businesses notifying customers to practice social distancing Source: Wikimedia Commons On February 20th, a 38-year old man in Lombardy, Italy, checked himself into a hospital. The man, who had met with a friend who recently returned from China, reported feeling ill. He ultimately tested positive for the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, as did his wife and a friend. By the next day, Italy had 21 cases and one death. As I write this on Monday, March 16, Italy has over 27,000 cases and 2,158 deaths (yesterday it reported 368 deaths, its highest number so far). By tomorrow, both of these numbers will increase; by how much, we don’t know. What we do know, however,

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