Did it happen to you, too, that today’s day passed in an almost surreal way because of the news of the coronavirus in Italy? Few phone calls, no emails at work, few people around, sense of worry…?

Did it happen to you, too, that today’s day passed in an almost surreal way because of the news of the coronavirus in Italy?  Few phone calls, no emails at work, few people around, sense of worry…?

Did it happen to you, too, that today's day passed in an almost surreal way because of the news of the coronavirus in Italy?  Few phone calls, no emails at work, few people around, sense of worry...?

I live in Codogno, the small town where the outbreak of Northern Italy originated and yes, it’s all completely surreal… Yesterday I went shopping and it was absurd to see Codogno completely deserted, shops and bars with the shutters down and having to go around three supermarkets before finding one open.

The fear is really great, even if I don’t have any for myself because I am a and healthy woman, but for my family.

Even there are people with whom I have very close relationships who are in quarantine, it is really absurd to video call them when they live a few miles away from me. It is surreal to talk every day about quarantine, contagion and to see journalists passing through the streets of the centre talking about the various sick people.

It really sounds like a post-apocalyptic scenario… I hope it pass soon.

Edit: thanks to all those who have shown closeness. However, the situation has worsened; the number of infected acquaintances is rapidly increasing and I have heard that my exams have been missed because I can’t leave the , let alone go to Parma.

If they find you around they you a fine and send you home and you can’t even go out to go to the funeral of a relative of yours. I admit that with this climate of tension it’s really difficult to keep calm.