A younger female nurse from Italy recently decided to take her own life after testing positive for the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19), all due to fear that she might infect others with it.
Daniela Trezzi, who was 34 years old, had been working on the front lines of the virus outbreak pandemic in hard-struck Italy, helping patients day-in and day-out to recover. But after contracting the novel virus herself, panic set in and led Trezzi down the path of no return.
Indicating that she had been suffering from “heavy stress” in the days prior, Trezzi, who worked in the intensive care unit (ICU) at San Gerardo Hospital in Monza, was first put into quarantine after testing positive for the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19). Not long after, Trezzi was found dead.
“Each of us has chosen this profession for good and, unfortunately, also for bad: we are nurses,” reads a statement issued by Italy’s National Federation of Nurses, which expressed “pain and dismay” over Trezzi’s death.
“The condition and stress to which our professionals are subjected is under the eyes of all,” the statement says further, adding that “a similar episode” occurred about a week ago in Venice, “with the same underlying reasons.”
Trezzi had been at home sick since March 10, the hospital’s general manager Mario Alparone told the media, indicating that Trezzi “was not under surveillance” at the time when she took her own life, her death adding to the 743 other fatalities from the virus recorded the same day she died.
Trezzi’s death is currently under investigation, and an Italian research institute has since released data to show that some 5,760 other Italian health care workers are also now infected with the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19). These infections account for about eight percent of the country’s total cases, which rose to nearly 70,000 on Tuesday.
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Health care workers not just in Italy but also in Spain are struggling to keep up with their caseloads, not to mention the fact that many of them are developing the illness as well, making it difficult for them to continue working.
In Madrid, an emergency ward worker who had been seeing coughing, hacking patients for weeks inevitably contracted the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) herself, despite being only 32 years old.
Speaking to The Associated Press via video call from her home quarantine, this worker, named Patricia Núñez, explained that it was “just a matter of time” before she and her colleagues succumbed to the disease, which is quickly “collapsing” both Spain and Italy.
“The worst thing is that you need to stay at home, worried about infecting relatives, while knowing that you are dearly needed at work,” she’s quoted as saying.
Hopefully Núñez will keep her wits about her and not even think about heading in the same direction that Trezzi did. We recognize that nurses and hospital staff are under immense pressure as it is, and many have in the past resorted to self-violence in an effort to cope with the horrors they often face, which today includes total societal collapse.
“We are collapsing,” says Lidia Perera, a nurse who works with Núñez at Madrid’s Hospital de la Paz, which currently has 1,000 beds. “We need more workers.”
“If you had told me three months ago that I would be working in these conditions in Spain, I wouldn’t have believed you,” she added, noting that staff at the facility are only being tested for the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) if they show symptoms.
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