Message of the WIP President about the COVID19 Cases in Italy
Dear Colleagues and Friends of WIP,
The real situation of the COVID19 diffusion in Italy deserves some clarification. About 1 week ago the first cluster of infection was detected in small communities in the North of Italy, especially in the Lombardia and Veneto regions. The exceptional precautionary measures adopted by the Italian Ministry of Health (reported somewhat sensationally and disproportionately by the media) have limited the infection to that area, with a few hundred cases. At the moment, there are 3 patients (2 Chinese tourists and 1 Italian coming from China and immediately isolated) that have been cured and have completely recovered in the Infectious Diseases Hospital in Roma. One further infected patient (tourist) has completely recovered in the South of Italy. All the infected patients in the Northern cluster are cured and most of them have already recovered. The general situation is completely under control of the health care authorities.
Considering all this, there are many possibilities that the COVID19 epidemic will be completely controlled in Italy in the coming 2-3 weeks. This experience has shown the great functionality of the public health care system existing in this country, ready to care for any citizen whose health deserves attention and care. I would also note that, in Italy, all of this care is supported by the community and the nation, and is not limited only to citizens showing their insurance or their credit card.
For these reasons, I feel confident in reassuring everyone who is willing to participate in the WIP World Congress in Rome that, by May 20-23, COVID19 like any other flu will be only a distant memory. At the moment, I am very proud to announce that WIP has obtained exceptional results, with about 50 sponsoring companies and with over 800 delegates already registered. So, feel confident, and come to share with us this exceptional scientific event in one of the most wonderful capital cities in the world. Roma is ready to welcome you and your loved ones, and the WIP ExB will be happy to help you for this extraordinary occasion.
Prof. Dr. Giustino Varrassi
February 29, 2020