Daniela Trezzi was more worried about the people around her than herself. She could imagine others in pain because of her.
Coronavirus outbreaks have devastated people across the world. Most countries ARE still trying to cope with the unexpected epidemic and the medical staff around the globe are doing everything in their power to control and curb its spread. The story of a nurse from Italy is heartbreaking. Worried she might have passed on the illness to other people, the woman took her own life.
According to The New York Post, Daniela Trezzi, a nurse, was among the staff working closely to treat the coronavirus patients at the San Gerardo Hospital in Monza in the hard-hit region of Lombardy. The 34-year-old was taking care of patients in the intensive care unit, according to Daily Mail. However, after displaying symptoms of the deadly virus, the nurse was moved to quarantine.
An Italian nurse killed herself after testing positive for coronavirus and fearing she had infected others, a nursing federation has revealed.— EHA News (@eha_news) March 25, 2020
Daniela Trezzi, 34, was working on the front line of coronavirus crisis at a hospital in #Lombardy, the worst-affected region of Italy. pic.twitter.com/juQQszgVYd
The nurse was traumatized by what she saw while working in hospital and ended her own life.
The Hospital manager Mario Alparone stated that Trezzi was ill at home since 10 March 2020. He stated that the woman was not under surveillance.
According to Telegraph, The National Federation of Nurses of Italy called the suicide "a terrible episode" and said: “What Daniela had witnessed recently had contributed heavily….it was the straw that broke the camel’s back.”
Earlier, the federation had said the nurse had tested positive to coronavirus and was mortified that she may have infected others and hence took her own life. But that was denied later by the hospital director.
They also stated that a similar incident had occurred in Venice just a week ago with the same underlying reason. “Each of us has chosen this profession for good and, unfortunately, also for bad: we are nurses,” said the nurses' group to Daily Mail.
#COVID2019 — RIP Daniela 🙏🏻— @Dystopia - #HongKong is NOT China (@Dystopia992) March 25, 2020
// Italian #nurse Daniela Trezzi with #coronavirus kills herself over fear of infecting others..
Daniela was working in ICU while under quarantine after being diagnosed with #COVIDー19//
You must be remembered.. RIP.. https://t.co/Z6LJlagNuo pic.twitter.com/B9h70GJ5nT
They added, "The condition and stress to which our professionals are subjected is under the eyes of all." Meanwhile, the death of Trezzi is under investigation.
A report by Al Jazeera stated that the number of infected health workers in Italy was double than that registered in China. Since the onset of the virus in February, about 2,629 health workers were tested positive. According to Gruppo Italiano per la Medicina Basata sulle Evidenze or GIMBE - Italy's Group for Evidence-based Medicine, the number represents 8.3 percent of the total number of cases in the country.
"Figures regarding the contagion among doctors, nurses and general health professionals have started being disclosed only on March 11. Hundreds of new cases have been daily recorded since then. But medical personnel on the front line should be the first to be protected," stated GIMBE Director Nino Cartabellotta, a public health expert, according to Al Jazeera. He also claimed that the numbers would be higher than the official data as many health workers lacked enough protective measures in hospitals. He stated that many still used only surgical face masks while treating the patients. Moreover, they were not widely tested.
Italy which is the worst-hit country after China has 69, 176 confirmed cases, according to the World Health Organization. The country has so far seen the death of 6,820 people. Authorities along with the medical units in the country are trying to flatten the curve and have urged the public to remain in isolation.
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