Italy

Together but Alone

Lives lived in self-isolation to protect others

Phase 2, we were hearing about it and looking forward to it for weeks, but for some it still hasn’t started.
Some people have been forced to stay away from their family because – as key workers ensuring the country can continue to tackle this emergency – they have been, and continue to be, in contact with many others and are therefore exposed to a heightened risk of infection. In order to protect their loved ones they’ve decided to live in a form of self-isolation that’s extremely difficult to maintain, both psychologically and physically, particularly since there’s no way of knowing when it will end.

The people living in such a way include many health workers, law enforcement and emergency service personnel and public administration representatives, workers who – in silence and with perseverance – have enabled the country to continue to function, for example workers in the large supermarkets or the owners of small shops that the various decrees have kept operational or gradually reopened.

These people – in deciding to isolate themselves from their loved ones to protect both them and others – are sacrificing themselves for their work and for the entire community: they are genuine “working class heroes”, but they are paying a high price with the loss of their private and emotional world.
Doctors, nurses, shop workers, mayors are all on the front line in the fight against the epidemic, but they are often alone. Together with the community, but alone in their isolation. Those who are sacrificing the most for their country are suffering the greatest consequences.

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