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Life in lockdown hasn’t stopped the Italians singing

Karalee Katsambanis

Italy is calling in the army to the country’s hardest hit coronavirus regions, to ensure people abide by orders to stay home.

The nation has recorded the largest number of deaths from the disease in a day of 627 with the total reaching over 4000.

It’s surpassed China as the highest reported death toll from the pandemic.

Former Perth resident and Italian Federica Nucci is currently in Umbria where she spoke to Michael Genovese and Carmen Braidwood about what life is like in lockdown.

Below are Federica’s tips for enduring self-isolation and quarantine, based on her experiences.
  1. Subscribe to a Facebook group for people that are experiencing the same situation in your country.

    This is important so even lonely people don’t feel isolated. In these groups you can also share recipes and reach out to find out what others are doing in their every day quarantine life.

  2. Create a plan with daily activities and things to do.

    Routine is important! For example plan some cooking in the morning, kitchen or house cleaning in the afternoon and a fitness class at 5pm. Of course you can change your daily schedule as needed…

  3. Start following some Instagram or facebook profiles that offer online classes.

    Some people are teaching free fitness or cooking classes at certain time of the day on their profiles. The good thing is that you can join these classes “virtually” with other friends, so you can feel you are in a “group”. It worked great for my mum who lives by herself!

  4. Learn some new recipes or learn how to cook if you have never done it!

    Video call your family and ask them to teach you that grandma recipe you have always wanted to learn and never had time to do. You can even consider doing it together, everyone at their own place. Or take advantage of the many video recipes available online.

  5. Read a good book.

    Always a good idea. Rediscover the paper books and take time for yourself.

  6. Kids activities: Painting, singing, dancing, cooking.

    A good idea is to make a schedule for this, for example “baby dance” at 6pm 🙂 Another is to videocall one or more of their friends and read a tale all together.

  7. Organize a virtual “aperitivo” (drink) with your friends!

    Video call your group of friends and share an aperitivo online.
    This helps massively if you feel lonely at some stage!

  8. Rethink your job!

    This is the perfect moment to analyse your work life. If you’re happy with your job you can perhaps think about a new way of working, using the possibilities of the net. If you’re dreaming about changing your job or starting your own business instead, this is a great time to look within and put the base for new ideas.

“The situation is difficult. I imagine it’s like something you normally see in the movies. You don’t think it’s even real.”

Image: Anadolu Agency / Getty Images 

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Karalee Katsambanis