• Quarantined Italians are sending messages to themselves from 10 days ago. (HEALTH.GOV.AU)Source: HEALTH.GOV.AU
The video shows numerous Italians recording a message to themselves from 10 days ago, conveying the steps they should have taken sooner.
Samuel Leighton-Dore

17 Mar 2020 - 10:08 AM  UPDATED 17 Mar 2020 - 2:06 PM

A collective of young filmmakers based in Milan have coordinated a powerful project depicting the impact of coronavirus on quarantined Italians.

The video shows numerous Italians recording a message to themselves from 10 days ago, conveying the steps they should have taken sooner.

The hope, it seems, is that residents in countries including the United States, England, France, Spain, Germany and Australia, who are about 9-10 days behind in the COVID-19 progression, will be able to adjust their behaviours to learn from the mistakes of Italy.

“This isn’t all bullsh*t like you thought,” one young man says in the powerful short film.

Another woman, wearing a face mask, concedes that she once made fun of people who wore them, saying: “The worst-case scenario? That’s exactly what will happen."

"You'll start seeing beauty and ugliness together," one woman describes from her bedroom.

"You'll live moments of unity that you never imagined."

As of Sunday there were a reported 24,747 cases of COVID-19 diagnosed in Italy, an increase from 21,157 on Saturday, breaking the record for the country's single-day increase.

As of Tuesday afternoon, only people who have recently travelled from overseas or have been in contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case and experienced symptoms within 14 days are advised to be tested.

If you believe you may have contracted the virus, call your doctor, don’t visit, or contact the national Coronavirus Health Information Hotline on 1800 020 080.

If you are struggling to breathe or experiencing a medical emergency, call 000.

Coronavirus symptoms can range from mild illness to pneumonia, according to the Federal Government's website, and can include a fever, coughing, sore throat, fatigue and shortness of breath.

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