Editor's note: Luca Ciferri, editor and associate publisher of Automotive News Europe, is living under quarantine at his Italian home in Villastellone, just south of Turin. He will be filing daily updates in this blog post.
Entering a second week of quarantine with at least 18 more days until being “liberated,” it's easy to get a bit depressed. Fortunately, I have discovered a number of ways to put things into perspective.
Under the hashtag #andratuttobene (Italian for "everything will be fine") there is a vast array of moving images and inspiring messages, as well as some great irony.
If you want to feel fortunate, the hashtag #iorestoincorsia #turestaacasa (Italian for "I'm still in the hospital, you're still at home") is a must-see.
It features pictures of doctors and nurses – who are revered here in Italy – during their seemingly endless shifts. Their handmade cards all deliver the same message, telling people to stay home to help reduce the spread of the contagion while the health-care heroes stay at their hospitals working to heal those who are infected.
One of the most moving things I have seen during this unprecedented time in Italy, however, is a video from one of my heroes, racecar driver Alex Zanardi (Video below is in Italian with English subtitles).