Zangrillo: “Now I take care of Genoa, never in politics. Terrorism on Covid is fashion”

Zangrillo: “Now I take care of Genoa, never in politics. Terrorism on Covid is fashion”
Zangrillo: “Now I take care of Genoa, never in politics. Terrorism on Covid is fashion”

He can’t sing, he says, and living as a writer wouldn’t be easy. However, suffocating the expressive breath under his coat is impossible for Professor Alberto Zangrillo. As well as giving up on challenges. “Life is an extraordinary funfair”: the weltanshauung of the new Genoa president is clear. “Me in politics? I’d be good, but I’m not tempted – he clarifies -. And Silvio serves me more as a doctor”. The controversy, however, is not lacking. In the era of Covid, from the intensive care trench of the San Raffaele hospital in Milan he declared “war on idiots”. Some commentators point the finger at “expert overexposure”. What do you think? “I am an intensivist, I have the right to tell what I observe. Also because the media narrative creates panic and damages people’s mental health. Thus a generation of phobics is created”. Shouldn’t Omicron scare us? “We have to be rational. The South African health authority spoke of a ‘particularly contagious variant’; well, even the cold is. According to former Prime Minister Monti, “we are at war, we need a less democratic communication”. “These evocations of war scenarios …

He can’t singhe says, and making a living as a writer wasn’t going to be easy. However, suffocating the expressive breath under the coat is impossible for the professor Alberto Zangrillo. As well as giving up on challenges. “Life is an extraordinary funfair”: the weltanshauung of the new Genoa president is clear. “Me in politics? I’d be good, but I’m not tempted – he clarifies -. And Silvio serves me more as a doctor”. The controversy, however, is not lacking. In the era of Covid, from the intensive care trench of the San Raffaele hospital in Milan he declared “war on idiots”.
Some commentators point the finger at “expert overexposure”. What do you think?
“I am an intensivist, I have the right to tell what I observe. Also because the media narrative creates panic and damages people’s mental health. Thus a generation of phobics is created”.
Shouldn’t Omicron scare us?
“We have to be rational. The South African health authority spoke of a ‘particularly contagious variant’; well, even the cold is.
According to the former premier Monti, “we are at war, we need a less democratic communication”.
“These evocations of war scenarios are out of place and surreal. Certainly there is no lack of suggestions and conditioning, but those who really live in the field, fight diseases, the inefficiencies of the system and are at war only against idiots”.
It has maintained this position since the beginning of the pandemic. Did he pay for it?
“Certainly, in terms of reports to the Medical Association, daily insults and death threats that my secretary punctually cancels. It’s part of the game. It’s more fashionable to say that we will all die. But I’m not a self-injurer who wants to be different, I just tell what I see every day. During the third wave, for example, we admitted Covid positive patients from other hospitals to the same intensive care unit that housed people with different diseases, and nobody got infected. Yet, on TV. we continue to see the wards full of Martians speaking with distorted voices, divers with helmets and triple masks as if they had to touch the asbestos. Doctors who, just by seeing them, terrify the sick “.
Cold with the smock on, passionate with the red and blue scarf around his neck. When was your love for football born?
“Attention: I have a great interest in football, but I only have love for Genoa. I always went to the stadium, since I was a child. And I was already an established doctor when in ’92 I was following Bagnoli’s Genoa which challenged the great teams. ‘Europe. I was returning from Liguria at one in the morning, I could travel the Milan-Genoa blindfolded. If the team loses, I am in a bad mood for days. A passion that I passed on to my eldest son “.
What incentives led you to accept the position of president of Genoa?
“I owe something to Genoa. And then it’s a unique opportunity. As a fan who suffers for the team, I found myself representing them with the awareness of being able to do well.”
I n family what do they think?
“Before accepting, I discussed it at home. I found a mild antibody reaction because they understood that my enthusiasm would prevail. And even my collaborators are intrigued and fascinated. It is a lesson to never be satisfied: life is an extraordinary moon. park “.
What contribution do you think you are making?
“In my work I have always tried to study, understand and not spare myself: ingredients to achieve success. Furthermore, living in Milan I have a different perspective: Genoa is beautiful but asleep. Doing good for Genoa is a lever to modernize the city in an internationalization perspective “.
What were your first days as top manager like?
“I lived them sleeping little, trying to get in tune with the environment with humility, the best way to be heard. You gain authority by working and sacrificing yourself, then you need to listen and understand”.
Will he suggest training as Berlusconi, one of his illustrious patients, liked to do?
“No, I will not go beyond my powers”.
The Knight will have given you some advice.
“Our relationship is very precise: I don’t give him political advice and he doesn’t give me football suggestions, also because it would be impossible for me to apply them.”
Does it bother you to be called “Berlusconi’s personal doctor”?
“No, unless it is said in a reductive way to exploit. But I would like it to be clear that I am not the doctor of VIPs, at San Raffaele we treat everyone”.
How is Berlusconi?
“He is recovering from a very difficult period. Anyway, he is much younger than many who can show the demographic proof. He is a man of vision to learn from simply by observation.”
Did it happen to you too?
“Yes, I learned a lot from him, even the way to communicate. He is very clear about the value of visibility, an aspect that I evaluate very carefully because the risk of becoming ridiculous is high”.
What kind of bond is there between you?
“A great friendship. He knows he can trust me. My choice not to be in politics makes our relationship healthier.”
Have you never been tempted to take the field?
“Never, I like being the president of Genoa more. Jokes aside, it would be irreconcilable with my job.”
Has Berlusconi never tried to attempt it either?
“Silvio is the most intelligent person I have ever dealt with, he knows well that I need him much more as a doctor”.
A political idea, however, clearly emerges from his stances.
“I am a hyper-liberal. I hate any form of thought control, for me democracy is the freedom of ideas.”
What do you do in your free time?
“I sleep. We should all exercise and I like to run, because I think while I run, but right now I don’t have time.”
He is respected nationally and internationally, he is the president of the team he supports. Did you reach the pinnacle of your career?
“I can say that I have achieved all the goals I set myself, I thank the good Lord every morning”.
Are you a believer?
“Yes, I firmly believe. Being aware of the extraordinary uniqueness of every living being, only a fool would think that we are all the product of a bang.”
If you hadn’t become a doctor, what job would you have liked?
“I have always been fascinated by the figure of Don Bosco, and I adore young people. I believe I would have been an educator. Basically, albeit in a particular context, this is what I do”.

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