In some hospitals in northern Italy, only young patients are now referred to intensive care: older patients will take advantage of breathing devices for 15-20 days and will not save them. Initially, only people over 80 years of age were rejected, but now these patients are over 70 years old and have background disease. Doctors cried when they had to choose a patient to save, but couldn’t help because they didn’t have enough breathing equipment.
The coronavirus epidemic occupies the front page and many pages of all French newspapers published today March 9, 2020.
Les Echos runs the front page of the first «Corona Virus: War of Europe». «Italy for isolation, France strengthened», headline by Le Figaro. La Croix stated that «Corona virus: Italy is on the front line», while Libération takes advantage of the perspective of «corona virus: Italy is hiding». Particularly Le Monde from last weekend said «How schools are prepared» in the current Wuhan flu situation.
For the first time, 15 million people were isolated in a European country
«Quarantine, northern Italy before tough challenges», Libération said. With 366 deaths, of which 133 died within the past 24 hours, and nearly 7,400 were infected, the Italian government ordered the isolation of more than 15 million people. The whole of Lombardy – the financial and economic center of the country whose capital is the famous city of Milano – along with those 14 provinces in which Venise is isolated.
Only 15 days after the first case appeared, unprecedented measures in Europe were applied to more than 15 million Italians. At 2:00 on Sunday, March 8, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte made the decision after the emergency cabinet meeting. Mr. Conte said not only to prohibit access but also to avoid moving within the region, without a certificate due to occupational reasons, urgent situation or health.
All religious, cultural and sporting events must stop or take place without an audience. Schools, theaters, cinemas, museums, swimming pools, ski resorts are all closed. Shopping malls are closed on weekends, restaurants must ensure customers sit at least 1 meter from each other, otherwise the license will be withdrawn.
In Milano as well as Codogneo and the long-isolated cities that have just been out of the red are further quarantined. Hundreds of police and soldiers will be sent to the north to intercept and control.
Lacking equipment, elderly patients had to wait to die
In an interview with Libération, a doctor in Lombardia said the situation was so severe that patients over 70 years of age who were infected with coronavirus were no longer referred to the resuscitation department because of insufficient treatment facilities. According to the doctor, the number of deaths from the virus stemming from Wuhan is actually much higher than the official figure.
With the borrowed name Giorgio, the doctor on the front line confided that almost all the medical facilities where he worked were requisitioned to receive patients. A state of «terrible, which outside people cannot imagine».
The medical team recognizes the difference when many sick people come to the clinic with symptoms unlike the regular flu. Initially, the most severe patients were transferred to more fully equipped hospitals; but only a few days later the number of people infected with Covid-19 exploded. They accounted for a quarter of the hospital beds, then half and then almost occupied.
If the patient’s condition worsens, they are given oxygen and medications commonly used to treat SIDA. After four years the fever will subside and gradually recover, most are young people and women; If worse, will send to the facility equipped with resuscitation.
But now only young patients have been transferred: the anesthetist asked not to send the elderly patients because they will occupy breathing devices for 15-20 days and will not save them. Initially, only people over 80 years of age were rejected, but now these patients are over 70 years old and have background disease. The hospital keeps those who know there is nothing more they can do, the sick will die.
There is internal debate on this issue, but the impulsive force. Particularly in the hospital where Dr. Giorgio works, one or two people die each day, and on a national scale, the number of deaths is likely to be greater because the proportion of elderly people in Italy is very high.
The doctor cried because he had to choose a patient to save
Similarly, La Croix warned «Italy lacked the equipment to deal with the epidemic crisis». Doctors are recommended to prioritize those who are more likely to recover. In the South, it is even more vulnerable to lack of medical equipment.