A message from Italy: 'Stay at home'

2020-03-17 14:12
A woman wearing protective mask walks as militar

With Italy devastated by the Covid-19 virus as one of the worst-hit countries, some Italians made a must-see video for themselves of 10 days ago – but actually for the rest of the world, to share what they wish people should know.

The video, made by the Milanese filmmaking group, A Thing By, asked ordinary Italians of every gender and age, to share a message now, to the version of themselves of 10 days ago.

Then, Italian society made the grave mistake of not taking the threat seriously and was slow to act and to respond to limit the spread of the dangerous and contagious virus.

Their responses are haunting, but also ends with a ray of hope and optimism that this crisis too will be overcome.

Within just ten days, Italian society has crashed to a halt with close to 2 000 deaths, and more than 25 000 cases as the country and Western Europe is on lockdown.


South Africans have been slow to heed president Cyril Ramaphosa’s request to practice things like social distancing and to be conscious of trying to limit the spread of the virus.

With a national state of disaster that was declared it appears as if South African popular culture, similar to Italy, has been slow to react to adapt to the requested new social conventions to limit social interaction to try and curb the spread of the virus.

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