Nine months indoors, to protect himself from the virus. A few weeks after returning to the office, always keeping the mask and distance. Yet he got infected. Andrea Marchi, 44 years old, a sensitive subject, as he himself says. Two years ago he was struck by a neurological disease. It has since become fragile. In particular, the lungs are its weak point. When he learned he was positive for Covid-19, the family doctor listed him forthe treatment with monoclonal antibodies, recently also used in Lombardy. So Andrea was protected from the serious damage that the infection could have caused him.
Andrea knows he is a patient at risk. This is why he has tried to protect himself from the infection for a year now. My wife is a cardioradiologist at the Alzano hospital – he says -, in the house there is disinfectant everywhere. She always wore the mask when she was close to me and my daughter. About a month ago, Marchi, a bank employee, managed to return to work in person, in a branch near his home in Bergamo. L becomes infected with Covid-19. A colleague fell ill, I found out a few days later. Despite the mask always on, the employee test positive for the swab he performs in private. I must have infected myself by touching something, imagine. He immediately gets in touch with the family doctor who, given his condition, puts him on the list for treatment with monoclonals at the hospital. Pope John XXIII of Bergamo. It is one of the 17 centers authorized to apply these therapies in Lombardy. The same day he receives the test result, Thursday 25 March, he is called to the hospital for treatment. I was just a little short of breath, but they explained to me that the cure only works in the early stages of the disease. Within three hours he receives the drip, remains under observation for the necessary time and then returns home. Already the next morning I felt great – he says -. Then the monitoring by the Iml plant in Bergamo began: twice a day I had to communicate temperatures, pressure, saturation and glycaemia. His latest swab detects a very low viral load, a sign that the virus has been kept at bay. Pending the negative outcome, the isolation continues. The 44-year-old reflects: I have to say thanks to my doctor, who immediately activated and put me on the list for treatment with monoclonals. A timing that in your case can really make a difference.
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