Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, more than 170 Italian doctors have died from the disease - largely due to a lack of knowledge around the virus and a lack of resources, such as personal protective equipment.
According to Professor of Sociology of Health Ivan Cavicchi, general practitioners and other primary care providers have been “abandoned” and “left without protections”.
With time, the working conditions of doctors and care providers have improved, as has their access to PPI.
By September 2020, in anticipation of a second wave, a conversation was taking place on a national level to decide how to better organize hospitals and clinics.
In the meantime, to maintain control over the spreading of the infection between people and especially between hospital personnel, one of the most important tools is swab testing, although it's a procedure that can feel intrusive and be quite painful.