I recorded this interview with NBC between the time that the first nationwide locked down occurred, and the next night when stricter measures were put into place. That means: all coffee bars and nonessential businesses are closed; you can only go to work if you work for an essential industry; and we need to be prepared to sign a legally binding document about why we are outside our homes.
However, the overall message still stands: we feel that everyone in Italy is in this together. We are not panicked, we can still go to the store and pharmacy, and even for a walk for health reasons (though we are asked to minimize this).
Here is more information that I update daily about Rome and the coronavirus whenever there is a new development, as well as the letter I wrote to family and friends – urging them and you to start social distancing. This is not an Italy problem, a Europe problem, or a China problem. This is happening everywhere and the personal choices we make can save lives.
We are going to get through this. Andrà tutto bene. Everything will be ok.