Italians warn the world about COVID-19 by sharing what they wish they did differently 10 days ago



NOTE: The Surgeon General has warned Americans against buying face masks. "They are NOT effective in preventing general public from catching #Coronavirus, but if health care providers can't get them to care for sick patients, it puts them and our communities at risk!" the Surgeon General warned on Twitter.

Italy surpassed China today to be the country with the largest number of deaths from COVID-19. The country's death toll hit 3,405 as of Thursday according to Italy's Civil Protection Department.

The entire country has been on lockdown since March 9, with citizens only able to leave their homes for "essential" activities such as a trip to the pharmacy or grocery store.

"The death toll is rising from people who were infected before the national lockdown" Angelo Borrelli, the head of Italy's Civil Protection Department said.

"We still believe that once we are 14 days out from the lockdown we will begin to see a significant drop in the death toll," Borrelli said.

There are many countries that have yet to feel the full force of the pandemic.

So filmmakers in Milan made a compilation video of Italians on lockdown talking to their past selves about the virus. The filmmakers hope that people in other countries will learn from Italy's hindsight and practice social distancing to stop the progress of the virus.

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The Sam Vimes "Boots" Theory of Socioeconomic Unfairness explains one way the rich get richer.

Any time conversations about wealth and poverty come up, people inevitably start talking about boots.

The standard phrase that comes up is "pull yourself up by your bootstraps," which is usually shorthand for "work harder and don't ask for or expect help." (The fact that the phrase was originally used sarcastically because pulling oneself up by one's bootstraps is literally, physically impossible is rarely acknowledged, but c'est la vie.) The idea that people who build wealth do so because they individually work harder than poor people is baked into the American consciousness and wrapped up in the ideal of the American dream.

A different take on boots and building wealth, however, paints a more accurate picture of what it takes to get out of poverty.

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She wanted to see "my favorite painting one last time."

This article originally appeared on 09.30.15


Before 54-year-old Mario passed away, he had one special goodbye he needed to say ... to his favorite giraffe.

Mario had worked as a maintenance man at the Rotterdam zoo in the Netherlands for over 25 years. After his shifts, he loved to visit and help care for the animals, including the giraffes.

As Mario's fight against terminal brain cancer came to an end, all he wanted to do was visit the zoo one last time. He wanted to say goodbye to his colleagues — and maybe share a final moment with some of his furry friends.

Thanks to one incredible organization, Mario got his wish.

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This article originally appeared on November 11, 2015


Remember those beloved Richard Scarry books from when you were a kid?

Like a lot of people, I grew up reading them. And now, I read them to my kids.

The best!

If that doesn't ring a bell, perhaps this character from the "Busytown" series will. Classic!

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Scarry was an incredibly prolific children's author and illustrator. He created over 250 books during his career. His books were loved across the world — over 100 million were sold in many languages.

But here's something you may not have known about these classics: They've been slowly changing over the years.

Don't panic! They've been changing in a good way.

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