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Coronavirus Concertos

Italy is one of the countries hardest hit by the coronavirus. In fact, on Thursday they passed China on the number of people who have died from the pandemic — that’s an absolute number, which is pretty scary considering that China has far, far more people than Italy. And the Italians have been under a country-wide lockdown since earlier this month.

But that’s not going to stop the Italians from having fun, and a sense of humor about the whole thing. First, there were videos coming out of Italy showing the Italians standing on their balconies and playing music, with other nearby people joining in, or even dancing. Speaking of going viral, who knew music and dancing could stand up to social distancing!

Here’s just one video, but there are many more in this article in Vox, and even more on YouTube.

However, even more fun is this video, demonstrating how to prevent spreading the virus with music and dance. Note that there are captions in Italian, but even if you don’t know the language, you should be figuring out what they are demonstrating (if you can’t, you haven’t been paying attention lately!). And be sure to watch at the end, when they have one last joke.



  1. William wrote:

    Translation of the Italian subtitles:

    wash your hands
    for at least twenty seconds
    and since you’re there
    general cleaning
    do not touch your eyes, mouth or nose
    sneezing… thusly
    don’t give your hand
    say hello thusly
    always stay one meter away from people
    no parties or partygoers
    but most of all
    you have to
    and stay at home

    Friday, March 20, 2020 at 5:48 pm | Permalink
  2. Iron Knee wrote:

    Thanks William.

    Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 7:57 am | Permalink
  3. William wrote:

    And to keep their spirits up, some of the medical staff in Iran have been dancing:
    (Video from March 4th — not sure how they’re doing now.)

    Sunday, March 22, 2020 at 9:33 pm | Permalink

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