Relatively speaking, no country has been hit harder by the coronavirus than Italy.
With a population of only about 60 million, the country has more than 101,000 confirmed cases and more than 11,000 deaths.
When a local nurse found out she had tested positive and could have contributed to those numbers, it was more than she could take, and she committed suicide.
Reality Too Much to Take
Daniela Trezzi was a 34-year-old nurse working at San Gerardo Hospital.
Italy has been devastated by the coronavirus, and she had been on the front lines throughout.
Assigned to the intensive care unit, she was working with those least likely to recover from the illness.
Sadly, Trezzi ended up testing positive, and the reality that she may have inadvertently put the lives of others at risk was just too much to bear for her.
The health care industry is already a stressful profession.
When you add in pandemic such as this that seems to sweep the globe in one fell swoop only adds to that intensity.
Italy has been crushed by the pandemic.
With a population less than California and Texas combined, Italy has numbers that rival the United States in confirmed cases while having more than five times the amount of deaths.
Reports have been so dire that doctors were reportedly not treating elderly patients or giving them ventilators simply because they had less of a chance of survival than younger patients that needed the same care.
Trezzi was in the midst of all that when she found out she had tested positive and had been sent home by the hospital general manager.
She was not put under surveillance because the staff had no idea she would take the news this hard.
A statement from the National Federation of Nurses of Italy stated, “Each of us has chosen this profession for good and, unfortunately, also for bad: we are nurses.”
“The condition and stress to which our professionals are subjected is under the eyes of all.
They added, “A similar episode had happened a week ago in Venice, with the same underlying reasons.”
Thousands of health care professionals throughout Italy have tested positive for the virus, putting an even bigger strain on a system that is hanging on by a thread.
At last count, more than 5,700 health care workers in Italy had tested positive.