Warning: this is NOT a fun blog post.
I’m doing my PhD at EMBL Rome, but I’ve lived most of my life in Milan, and I have family, friends and acquaintances a bit everywhere in Northern Italy. I know that many people out there, in Italy, but especially in other European (and non-European) Countries which haven’t been affected as much as we have yet, still don’t believe that the Covid-19 pandemic is a serious issue. Many people still take it lightly, many people still think we are exaggerating, they still go to concerts, parties, pubs, to dinner with their friends, and even to the lab (J’accuse! some very work-obsessed PIs for this).
Well, to these people, I want to say: I get it, because so did we.