The panic of yesterday are the questions of today

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The editorial by director Fabio Pontiggia on the pandemic

The panic of yesterday are the questions of today

The panic of yesterday are the questions of today

It was March the 10th when Ticino learned the news of the first coronavirus death. The next day the Council of State decreed the state of necessity. Coincidentally, that day, the WHO declared the transition from epidemic to pandemic.

Little was known about SARS-CoV-2 much less than what is known today, even if still today we still do not know enough. We were shocked by the images of Lombardy, Bergamo, Val Seriana and panic was beginning to rule in Europe more than common sense. This is what we should avoid repeating. It is not necessarily successful. Yesterday the news of the first coronavirus death in our canton arrived from 12 June. In other countries, the curves of hospitalizations and deaths have started to rise again, albeit very slowly, for several days already. The reactions of those who decide how to deal with the second wave do not appear weighted everywhere. The tragic weeks of the first wave seem to have taught little.

Let’s hope we’re wrong. Let’s go back to Ticino. One of the causes of the near-total blockade had been the risk of excessive pressure on the health system. How many intensive care beds for COVID-19 patients are we now able to have in hospitals in case of need, without having to limit treatments for other serious diseases or decree a new disastrous onelockdown ?

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