Italians currently under lockdown due to coronavirus have recorded messages addressed to themselves of ten days ago, saying what they wish they had known and done at the time. A Thing By, who recorded the messages for a video, say, “It is believed nations like the US, England, France, Spain, and Germany are about 9-10 days behind Italy in the COVID-19 progression.” The makers of the video hope that people in other countries will take some of the advice from these Italians, who are currently experiencing what will be the future for many other countries.
People of different ages from across Italy participated in the video. They talk about things that seemed unbelievable, even ridiculous ten days ago, which have now become the reality in Italy. One woman says, “I even used to make fun of people wearing facemasks,” while another warns, “stop making fun of your Mum for telling you to buy facemasks, and go an buy them. Idiot.”
Some berate themselves for dismissing the coronavirus as “just a flu”. As one man says, “Ten days ago we had 2000 people infected, now we’re at 18,000.” One teenager comments, “There are currently kids our age who are intubated and in intensive care.”
They warn their past selves how life is going to change for them. One health worker says, “now you’re working deadly shifts at the hospital,” while a man talks of being under “a nice quarantine, the type you only see in the movies.”
Although they can’t change the past with their messages, the participants want those in other countries, who still have time, to reconsider their lifestyles. As one man says, “We’ve seen worrying videos from France and the US of people not taking this thing seriously. This issue is more serious that most of the world believes.”
The video ends by stating, “We underestimated this. You don’t have to do the same. Stay at home.”