ITALY EMERGENCY MEASURES. Hospitals may soon soon put an age limit to enter ICU “to save scarse resources for who has the largest chances of survival”

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Sh*t hitting the fan.


16 days after the beginning of the outbreak, the Italian government took decree today to take exceptional measures to contain about 16 million Italians living in 14 provinces in the north of the country, as well as restrictive measures covering the whole country. [source]
Northern Italy under lockdown

– Lombardy region (entire region, all provinces)
– Piedmont (provinces of Alessandria, Asti, Novara, Verbano Cusio Ossola, and Vercelli)
– Veneto(provinces of Padua, Treviso, and Venice)
– Emilia Romagna (provinces of Modena, Parma, Piacenza, Reggio Emilia, and Rimini)
– Marche (province of Pesaro Urbino)
In the above areas:

Travel in and out of the area, as well as within the area, will only be possible in response to “duly verified professional requirements, emergency situations, or for health reasons”
People with symptoms of respiratory disease and fever of 37.5 Celsius or above are strongly encouraged to stay at home and limit social contact as much as possible, including with their doctor
Avoid gathering
All schools and universities must be closed
All museums and places of culture will be closed
All cultural, religious or festive events are suspended
Cinemas, pubs, theaters, dance schools, game rooms, casinos, nightclubs and other similar places shall remain closed
All sporting events and competitions are suspended
Ski resorts are closed until further notice
Swimming pools, sports halls, thermal baths, cultural centers and wellness centers must suspend their activities
Bars and restaurants can remain open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. provided they respect the safety distance of at least 1 meter between customers – this provision also concerns other commercial activities
Shopping centers and department stores must remain closed on public holidays and the days preceding them
Places of worship remain open, provided that the safety distance of at least 1 meter is respected, but religious ceremonies (marriage, baptism) are prohibited until further notice
National restrictions

As in the north of the country, cinemas, theaters, museums, pubs, game rooms, dance schools, discos and other similar places will be closed
Sports competitions are suspended with some exceptions



ITALY – Hospitals may soon soon put an age limit to enter ICU “to save scarse resources for who has the largest chances of survival”,

Rationing of healthcare will happen very quickly as hospitals become overwhelmed. The very old will receive very little care as they try to save those in lower age groups that are more likely to survive.


24/ “It can become necessary to put soon an age limit to enter ICU […] to save scarse resources for who has the largest chances of survival”,

says a horrifying document from the Italian Society of anesthesiology, reanimation and intensive care.

25/ The above corroborates a message I received from an anonymous and unverified source that similar tradeoffs (prioritizing ICU treatments to the younger) were already considered in Lombardy as of Friday.

Italy is 2 weeks ahead of the USA in this .

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h/t Wash 2.0


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