The coronavirus pandemic has brought the entire world to a complete standstill.
As the death rates rapidly rise per day, more and more people are falling into a mass panic.
Many countries have gone into complete quarantine and lockdown, and Italy is one of them.
Keep scrolling to see the videos that quarantined Italians have made talking about what they wish they could have given themselves 10 days ago...
We are in the midst of a medical crisis.
via: GettyThe deadly coronavirus, or COVID-19, as medical experts are referring to it, has taken our planet hostage, and is showing no signs of letting go anytime soon.
What exactly is COVID-19, and just how dangerous is it?
via: GettyAccording to the World Health Organization, COVID-19 is a new strain of coronaviruses that had not been previously been identified in humans.
The virus primarily affects the respiratory system...
via: GettyAnd common symptoms include fever, coughing, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties.
But, in more severe cases...
via: GettyAnd in patients who are elderly and have existing health issues, the virus can lead to pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and even death.
Close to 100,000 people all over the world have now been infected with the virus...
via: Getty203, 612 to be precise. And, devastatingly, a staggering 8,229 more have been reported to have died from the illness.
It's a dire situation.
via: GettyAnd many have been asking the same thing - where did this virus actually come from?
Well, the virus is believed to have originated in Wuhan, China.
via: GettyOn December 31st, 2019, China alerted the World Health Organization of several flu-like cases in Wuhan.
And what caused it?
via: GettyMany different theories have been proposed, but it is now widely believed to have originated from the sale of meat from wild animals, especially bats, where the virus has been discovered in the past.
And, despite infected people being quarantined...
via: GettyThe virus was alarmingly quick to spread, with cases being reported as far away as Thailand just one week later.
It only took a month for the World Health Organization to declare a global emergency...
via: GettyWhich was done in an attempt to combat the virus and enable countries to put in strict measures to prevent any further spread.
World leaders have been left with little choice but to bring their countries to a total stand-still...
via: GettyAnd many have banned large and crowded events, and any travel to and from infected countries.
And it didn't take long for the virus to reach us here in the States.
via: GettyOur first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Washington in late January after a citizen returned from a trip to China.
And, since then, the numbers have been rising at a frightening pace.
via: GettySince the first COVID-19 patient in Washington, there have been 6,524 more confirmed cases across the country and seventy-one deaths.
Several cities have declared states of emergencies...
via: GettyAnd last week, President Trump declared a national emergency to combat the coronavirus pandemic, freeing up $50 billion in federal funding and promising a screening website and drive-by tests.
His move came after the World Health Organization confirmed COVID-19 as a pandemic last week.
via: GettyFYI... A pandemic is a disease that is spreading in multiple countries around the world at the same time.
Yep, things are getting pretty serious.And many people have been descending into mass hysteria over the risks the virus brings with it.
The importance of self-isolation has been stressed globally...
via: GettyAnd it has been proven that locking down public areas and avoiding social situations has helped reduce the chances of spreading the already out of control virus.
Italy has been taking this matter very seriously.
via: GettyFor nearly 2 weeks now, the country has been in a complete lockdown which has left the streets empty of tourists and residents cooped up in their homes.
The European country is now the second most affected in the world next to China.
via: GettySo far, 2,503 people have died from the virus in Italy and a further 31,506 are currently infected according to Worldometer.
It is an undeniably difficult time for the country right now...
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And now, another amazing video has gone viral.
via: GettyCreated by A Thing By, the video shows Italians discussing what messages they would have sent to themselves 10 days ago before the lockdown.
Numerous people of different age groups appear in the video...
via: A Thing ByAnd instantly, many admitted that they initially didn't take the coronavirus pandemic seriously.
And now they are all in quarantine...
via: A Thing ByThey all realized that 10 days ago, they had no idea of the "huge mess" that was about to happen.
In similarity to many of us around the world...
via: A Thing ByMany of the Italians in the video admitted to underestimating the pandemic.
The subject of face masks was touched upon...
via: A Thing ByAnd one woman explained how she used to "make fun" of those who wore face masks... while now wearing a face mask.
Others spoke of the things they would regularly do, such as going to the gym or eating out with friends...
via: A Thing ByAnd now, these activities are no more.
They spoke of the current situation in hospitals around the country...
via: A Thing ByAnd how they are too overcrowded to visit.
And, of course, how many people have now died.
via: A Thing ByThis is something that is truly hitting home.
They urged the importance of staying at home...
via: A Thing ByAnd even though it is difficult, it will save lives.
Many see the positives of being able to stay at home...
via: A Thing ByBecause at the end of the day, being healthy at home is better than contracting the virus.
You aren't the only person in the world...
via: A Thing ByAnd we are in this together.