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Title: Learning from the Italian experience in coping with COVID-19
Authors: Carvalho, Anna Cristina Calçada
Kritski, Afrânio
Affilliation: Fundação Oswaldo Cruz. Instituto Oswaldo Cruz. Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brasil.
Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro. Faculdade de Medicina. Programa Acadêmico de Tuberculose. Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brasil.
Abstract: Introduction: In March 2020, the rapid increase in COVID-19 cases overburdened the Italian health system, with the country becoming the pandemic’s epicenter. Methods: We present a narrative review based on manuscripts, official documents, and newspaper articles regarding COVID-19 in Italy. Results: Characteristics of the epidemic, possible causes for its worsening, and the measures adopted across Italian regions are presented. Conclusions: In the early stages of an epidemic, effective decision-making is essential to contain the number of cases. Medical support for patients and social isolation measures are the most appropriate strategies currently available to reduce the spread and lethality of COVID-19.
Keywords: COVID-19
keywords: COVID-19
Issue Date: 2020
Publisher: Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical
Citation: CARVALHO, Anna Cristina; KRITSKI, Afrânio. Learning from the Italian experience in coping wIth COVID-19. Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical, v. 53, p. 1-3, 2020.
DOI: 10.1590/0037-8682-0199-2020
ISSN: 0037-8632
Copyright: open access
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