Yesterday was a beautiful day because the sun was shining. Since the lockdown, smog is practically non-existent and the air feels good.
One thing you have to know about Italians is that they are addicted to sunshine. It’s not unusual to see them sitting at an outdoor café with their eyes closed and their heads leaning back pointed upwards just to feel the sun on their face. So on a day like yesterday, people were out like snails after the rain. They just had to get some sun. That’s why the line at the grocery store was unusually long. New way of sunbathing!
Pierluigi went to do the shopping so I got my sunshine on the balcony. Because we generally spend spring and summer in Greece, our balcony is populated by yuccas as they are a DIY plant and need little care. But now it will be difficult to go to Greece as no one knows how long this lockdown will last. So I’ve decided to reconfigure our balcony with the new reality. Here in Italy, at present, we have no problem with food shortages. However, since production of everything has been limited, it’s only obvious that soon less food will be available. It’s, therefore, important to get organized now.
my balcony lettuce
Unlike many of my American friends, we don’t have a yard. The only space we have is that of a very narrow balcony good for a limited container garden. I already have lettuce growing as well as herbs (thyme, parsley, chives, and rosemary) but want to plant even more.
Arugula, bok choy, kale, and chicory, from what I’ve read, only take a month to grow big enough for harvesting. Unfortunately, I have no seeds and can’t buy them because of the lockdown. But I do have some seeds I collected this winter to take to Greece—mainly cherry tomatoes and bell peppers.
There are many vegetables you can grow from scraps but many take time. Lettuce and green onions seem to be the easiest and quickest to do.
Yesterday, in Italy, the worst death toll: 627 dead and 4670 new infections.
One problem with data given from various countries is that there is no standardization as to how data is interpreted. Some data is interpreted based on those who died only because of the coronavirus whereas other data is interpreted based of those who died of the virus in addition to other pre-existing conditions (such as old age, diabetes, heart problems, etc.). Italy’s statistics are based on the latter.
To determine the number of potentially infected, one method has been to multiply the number of dead by 100. For example, if 25 people have died, potentially 2,500 have been infected. However, there are many variables that can influence this number. In Italy, we have a high number of elderly so we have a higher rate of death. But, again, there is no certainty in these equations.
The peak in Italy is expected on March 25th. If, after this date, the number of infected goes down, we will be ok. If, instead, it goes up, we are in deep trouble.
Because the death toll is so high and the number of stupid people walking around as if they are on holiday, the military has begun to patrol the streets in Milano and police in Rome are blocking the streets.
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