Sport Covid-19: Are Italians Becoming More Resilient?

16:40  20 october  2020
16:40  20 october  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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They are said to be unruly, allergic to the sense of the common good. But Italians can quickly learn to play by the rules. They were the first Westerners hit by the coronavirus pandemic and the first in Europe to have to remain confined to their homes. Since then, a good part has accepted the government's screwdrivers, in the name of life.

from our correspondent in Rome,

Faced with a strong resurgence of the Covid-19 epidemic in Italy, the government of Giuseppe Conte has imposed new sacrifices to avoid another general confinement . How is the population reacting? Restrictive measures and barrier gestures are generally well respected. We wear the mask, even children, we avoid baci-baci, and for such a tactile people, it is not easy! We ensure distancing, at least where possible.

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The latest figures from the Ministry of the Interior indicate that out of 69,000 people checked in 24 hours, 352 were fined. It's an average that dismantles the cliché that all Italians are unruly. It is also true that the fines are steep: from 400 to 1,000 euros.

Young Italians take the epidemic seriously

Are the young people collaborative or do they struggle to respect the rules, for example the bans on gatherings around cafe terraces, in squares? According to a recent study on the behavior of Italians carried out by the Ipsos Institute, schools are among the places where prevention rules are best explained and applied. Some 59% of 18-24 year olds take the risk of contagion very seriously and are no longer letting their guard down, as happened during the summer.

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On the other hand, the majority of working people aged 30-40 have a rather ambiguous position: between the overly pressing desire to return to normalcy and the desire to be more clearly informed. Among the new positives, the average age is 43. As for the over 50s, very marked by the tragedies of the first wave, they are cautious and resistant in the sense that they cultivate other forms of sociability, other means of forging links. These are the beacons of resilience in Italy.

Collective fear

How to explain this state of mind of resilience? According to psychiatrist and sociologist Paolo Crepet, Italians realize that they are more vulnerable than they thought. Collective fear goes hand in hand with joint efforts to overcome hardship, to think about what needs to change in order to safeguard the future. The peculiarity of Italy is also its demographic situation: out of 60 million inhabitants, 22% are over 65 years of age and the fertility rate, i.e. 1.29 children per woman, is one of the lowest in the world. world.

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