By Lucas Bozzo
This is my 11th day of living alone under lockdown in my apartment in Bologna since the , consider the fact that some down the chain of transmission will almost certainly die, and others will require emergency hospitalisation to keep them alive. How would you feel knowing they suffered the excruciating sensation of suffocation as they cling to life on a ventilator?
Medical professionals in Italy now must systematically decide who lives and who dies due to the overwhelming demand for public health resources. Italy, however, has 3.2 hospital beds per 1,000 inhabitants; Canada and the U.K. have 2.5, and the United States has 2.8.
If you value your personal freedoms and health, implement social distancing today, lest your government enact and enforce strict quarantines for months to combat COVID-19’s aggressive expansion. Abstaining from public life now will help your community avoid the tragic circumstances that we find ourselves in here in Italy.
Social distancing doesn’t have to be a chore, nor does it have to be unpleasant: it can be spent with your closest friends or family, physically or virtually; it can be spent in leisure and laziness; it can be spent productively working on neglected personal projects. However you decide to live it, please live it conscientiously — with love and with compassion in your heart.
This article first appeared on HuffPost Canada Personal