Italian Governor Zaia from the Veneto region said:
“80% of all sick people heal by themselves, 15% need medication and 5% need to have hospital attention. All 17 people who died already, HAD ADVANCED HEALTH ISSUES! No healthy person who caught the coronavirus has died. It’s an alarm with no foundation. In the beginning they reacted the way they did because they didn’t have any real information about the virus. But after seeing what it is, the information is too exaggerated.”
My daughter (who has a villa in northern Italy) further explained. They had such a sudden jump in figures because they did a house to house check in affected areas, testing everyone. Basically, it seems the new virus behaves pretty much like normal seasonal flu – highly infectious, unpleasant, but no danger if you are in reasonably good health. (The danger lies more in the panic and economic repercussions of the panic.) Though it makes sense for the elderly and vulnerable to isolate themselves as they are at risk due to the lack of a vaccine or medical help. I call that great news! God bless the Italians!