BOLZANO. After a long and heavy second wave, which began last autumn, the Covid intensive care at the Bolzano hospital is back empty. In South Tyrol, the last two patients are hospitalized in their respective intensive care units in Bressanone and Merano.
“All empty, crazy. Yesterday at two we transferred the last patient”, says the nurse Armin to the film-maker Andrea Pizzinini, who for some months as part of the ‘Wellenbrecher’ project (breakwater, in Italian) tells with clips video on Youtube the work of South Tyrolean health workers in Covid departments. Currently, the nurse explains, the ward is being sanitized to return to 100% sterile.
“Only now – he says – I feel tired and I say to myself that I need to disconnect. Holidays now would be perfect”, he confesses. “I would like to tell those who downplay the pandemic that Covid is not a normal flu. Here there were young people who died and others who barely made it. The lockdown was no joke,” Armin reiterates. “The virus has not disappeared and the vaccine is still needed,” he adds. Even though 80% of South Tyroleans will get vaccinated, 1,700 ‘candidates’ remain for intensive care, he explains. “Last year we had 500 patients and we were on the edge,” he recalls.