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Touch the hands. Italian nursing homes exit the COVID tunnel

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ALZANO LOMBARDO, Italy (AP) – Their last hug was made of plastic.

Palmiro “Mario” Tami knew it was the day he received the second coronavirus vaccine. But when the northern Italian region of Lombardy was closed again, he did not know it would be accompanied by a visit from a 58-year-old woman. Nor will he eventually be able to touch her hand.

“Franca?” You are “: Tammy, 82, cried as she looked out the window of a nursing home at her face, covered in a hospital gown and covered in green surgical mesh, with her face covered in a surgical mask. His bright blue eyes were still shining through the glass.

His wife, Franca Persico, kept the red rose she had brought. Tami reached for the canvas purse, a small statue of a girl for him. “I won it in Bingo,” said Tami happily.

The Martino Chi Anchi Foundation nursing home was closed to visitors for most of the month as the epidemic epicenter in Lombardy, Italy, was once again under almost complete blockade. The last time Tami և and his wife saw each other in person was on February 24, Tami’s birthday. They were able to hug through a hugged tunnel, an inflatable plastic structure that allowed residents to hug their loved ones safely. Even that drowning touch has been denied since August.

The final blow to the first one-third of the 94 residents of Week Happiness this week marked the end of a year-long struggle to defend its fragile divisions.

Nursing homes like the Martino Chi Anchi Foundation carried the weight of Italy’s first wave, claiming at least a third of those affected by the official Italian virus. Many of them were not tested or counted because they died.

Maria Ulia Madaski, director of the nursing home, estimates that three-quarters of the 21 people who died in her care had COVID-19, which devastated the Bergamo Valley near the Alzano Lombardo hospital. But the system was too taxed to check on the residents of the nursing home; those deaths never revealed the number of victims in Italy.

Italy has given preference to vaccinations in dilapidated nursing homes, with officials saying the drop in cases is a “preliminary success” in the vaccination campaign, otherwise it is hampered by delays and disorganization. Half of Italy’s over 80s have not yet been vaccinated, despite initial promises to be fully vaccinated by the end of March.

Twenty-seven residents of the nursing home received a second shot on Monday. The next round of vaccinations took place during the week, and the final group will be defended in early April. Madaski hopes this is a sign that they are coming out of the COVID-19 dark tunnel.

“A little light, I see,” he said.

Retired orthopedic surgery nurse Tammy happily received her jaw. The doctor who conducted it, knowing Tammy’s pride in his former profession, mocked that he had once been her student.

Tami arrived at the nursing home in August after the epidemic stopped. Tammy suffered from mobility and cognitive impairment due to heart problems, and then his wife underwent cancer surgery just before the 2020 spring blockade in Italy. The doctors advised that he could no longer take care of himself at home.

Irregularity of visits փոփոխ Restrictions due to COVID-19 were stressful և a serious enough reason for Madaski to make an exception to the visitor rule.

Madaski took 77-year-old Persico to the apartment the couple shared, which was filled with family photos, including photos of the first grandchild, “cut crystal glasses” and vases. Persico, elegantly dressed in a woven top with a golden sheen, confessed he was ready by 7 p.m.

“I was not so nervous on my wedding day,” he said. “Maybe because I was younger.”

The twin meeting began to fluctuate, initially breaking away from the glass. But the staff of the nursing home prepared a separate room for dinner in the rest room. The couple sat at both ends as Persico explained that she had not yet been vaccinated, reminding her husband that she had cancer and needed extra care.

“I’m crazy in love with you,” said Tami on the other side of the long table. “Can I touch your hand?”

Madaski pushed Tami out into the sunlight, where the couple finally shook hands. “Can we kiss each other again?” he turned from behind the mask.

Of course, his 58-year-old bride answered. When he also got vaccinated.

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