Although more than two years have passed since the pandemic began, covid is a highly topical subject. Coronavirus is an infectious disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which was released on 31 December 2019, the day Chinese health authorities reported cases of outbreak of pneumonia.
The most common symptoms are: fever, cough, loss of taste and sense of smell. At the beginning, the situation was tragic, the symptoms were completely devastating and deaths were in the thousands. Following this period, the Italian state (as well as many others) introduced a period of complete lockdown (an emergency blockade, in which it was forbidden to leave the house except to go shopping or to go to health centres).
Words like swabs, quarantine and lockdown became commonplace. To try to fight this new virus, vaccines were introduced and created. In Italy everything started on 31 December 2020. Vaccines are offered free of charge to the entire population, according to an order of priority, which takes into account the risk of disease, the type of vaccine and their availability. Even today, despite all this, there are still cases, but fortunately not with symptoms so severe as to cause death or the need to go to hospital.
Covid-19 is a condition that no one will ever forget, especially us young people. Many people don’t realise how much teenagers have lost over the years, how difficult it has been to take remote lessons at school and how many young people have been unable to make friendships ecause of it. In spite of everything, many people claim that covid is no longer part of everyday life, but this is not the case: deaths and contagions still occur. I think there is no other solution but to get used to it and learn to live with it.