You’ll Never Walk Alone, Italy: How Solidarity Is Beating Coronavirus

An extraordinary race of solidarity is taking place in coronavirus-stricken Italy.

Solidarity Coronavirus Italy

An extraordinary race of solidarity is taking place in coronavirus-stricken Italy

The entire world is facing the coronavirus pandemic. According to the real-time counter website Worldometer, more than 680 thousand cases have been reported and over 31 thousand people have died of COVID-19. A tragedy whose end is not yet seen.

Although it is difficult to stay positive these days, given an incoming economic downturn, a mindless witch hunt against people practicing physical activity outdoors and an endless lockdown, we should hang in there and try to find the good in such a dramatic situation.

Solidarity is the best medicine

The Greek tycoon Aristotle Onassis once said: “It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.” I believe this is indeed true. Despite the grim reality we are living, we must find a reason to smile and feel grateful. People all over the globe are committing themselves to help others.

Cuban doctors have arrived in Lombardy, Chinese medical supplies and personnel were sent to the most affected areas of Italy, and the European Union is finally backing its members. From industry leaders to soccer teams, from influencers to sports leagues, people are not alone in the fight against the coronavirus. These are all great news and they show how much solidarity is emerging from this global crisis.

Italian businessmen are backing away from the the fight

Armani, that is the company owned by fashion designer Giorgio Armani, was one of the first firms to take action against the outbreak: it has donated 1.25 million euros to three hospitals in Milan, to the Lazzaro Spallanzani National Institute for Infectious Disease in Rome and to the Italian civil protection agency. Moreover, Armani himself has issued a letter of endorsement for all healthcare professionals.

Another fashion giant, the chairman and CEO of luxury sportswear brand Moncler, Remo Ruffini, contributed 10 million euros to support the construction of a new hospital in the Milan exhibition center. The facility will house more than 400 intensive care units, easing the burden on public hospitals whose beds are full.

Writing on his company’s website, Ruffini stated: “Milan is a city that has given us all an extraordinary time. We cannot and must not abandon it. It is everyone’s duty to give back to the city what it has given us so far.”

Interestingly, Silvio Berlusconi, the three-time Prime Minister of Italy and current member of the European Parliament made people talk about himself this time, not for his sex scandals, but for a much noble reason: he donated 10 million euros to the Lombardy region. This money will be invested in medical activities in the area as well as in the construction of the Milan exhibition center hospital.

Lastly, a praiseworthy gesture has been carried out by the Intesa Sanpaolo banking group, which has allocated 100 million euros to the Italian civil protection agency. That large sum will play an important role in strengthening the Italian healthcare system.

Influencers finally “influencing” things that matter

Many people blame influencers for not living a real life or, on the contrary, for living without working as regular people do.

Leaving aside this specific controversy, we should now praise the social media world, since many stars are inviting their followers to stay home. Singers, actors, sportsmen are all calling upon their fans to practice social (or physical, as some call it) distancing and avoid leaving their homes for unnecessary reasons.

In addition to that, it should be highlighted that other VIPs are seriously taking to heart the situation. The world-famous couple Chiara Ferragni and Fedez, who have over 25 million followers on Instagram, raised funds to increase intensive care units at the San Raffaele hospital in Milan.

Thanks to the Gofundme platform, they managed to collect more than 4 million euros. Although the site was reproved by the consumer rights association Codacons for issuing hidden, deceitful fees, it is remarkable to see that social media influencers are finally taking a part in tackling the coronavirus emergency.

Sportsmen take the pitch against the virus

Athletes, teams and sports executives have been following suit and donating money to help to get through the outbreak. While the Juventus manager Fabio Paratici has given funds to the hospital of Piacenza, one of the most affected areas, the AS Roma soccer team, alongside its charity Roma Cares, is busy collecting money to help the Lazzaro Spallanzani hospital in Rome deal with the crisis. Other teams like Internazionale Milano, Fiorentina, and Juventus are all raising sums through similar campaigns.

Individual players have also been on the frontline of the fundraising charge. AC Milan striker and soccer legend Zlatan Ibrahimovic has set up an online fundraiser to support medical staff and facilities in Italy. The player has targeted 1 million euros and committed himself to give 100,00 euros to the cause.

Another footballer, Andrea Petagna, is raising more than 250 thousand euros for Italian health clinics. His message has been shared by other soccer players like AC Milan’s Alessio Romagnoli and AS Monaco FC midfielder Cesc Fabregas.

When solidarity beats indifference

It is worth stressing that the crisis is urging many people to do something about it and take part in the fight against this so-called ‘invisible enemy’.

People are responding in incredible ways, not only by collecting money for the healthcare system but also by sacrificing themselves for the common good — this is the case of the ‘white coats’ treating COVID-19 patients: doctors, nurses, and all the health workers.

Solidarity, kindness, and selflessness are proving to be a starting point in the response against the pandemic and will be crucial virtues to live by in the uncertain times ahead of us.

Do you wish to do your part? Here’s the official link of the Italian Ministry of Health where you can find all the information to give your precious contribution.

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