On March 7th, more than 3,500 French gathered in Landerneau, France with their faces painted blue and dressed as Smurfs with the intention of breaking the world record for the largest Smurf rally. When criticized for planning such an activity, they responded “we’re going to Smurferize the coronavirus.”
Unfortunately, the coronavirus is invisible. It’s not painted blue like a Smurf so that you can easily see it.
Here in Italy, movement is restricted to shopping for groceries, buying medication, going to work, and taking walks for fresh air. However, a distance of one meter between one person and another is always obligatory. If you want to go out of town, you must have a legitimate reason for doing so. Plus you must have a self-certification (the form to be downloaded from internet) explaining why you are travelling. And if you don’t follow the rules, you risk 6 months of jail as well as a E206 fine.
The Italians have been very generous in donating money for hospital supplies. And the Chinese government just donated 100,000 face masks, 1000 lung fans, 20,000 protective suits, and 50,000 swabs.
One thing that we are learning is that we need others to survive.
(Living the Lockdown)