Unfortunately, Italy is getting younger because of COVID-19
Why so many fatalities in Italy from COVID-19? More than China, even?
The tinfoil hats say that China has burrowed its way into Italia. No doubt George Soros is involved, somehow. But two factors make more sense.
The first is that the Italian population is older than most and thus, more susceptible. About one quarter of the population (23%) is over age 65 — some 14 million. Got to be that Mediterranean diet. (Only Japan has a greater percentage, 28%. Sushi and seaweed? The U.S. is 16%.)
The second reason is that, more than any other country in Europe, grandma and grandpa are living with the kids and grandkids. Nearly one-quarter (also 23%) live in multi-generational households as once did in the U.S. (Good night, John Boy.)
The death rate for Italy’s seniors is 16% among those who have tested positive. Any age can get it, but older folks are less likely to survive. That’s why one sees the heart-tugging photos of the American grandkids serenading grandma from outside the nursing home window.
Puts one in mind of that magical movie Moonstruck with Cher and Olympia Dukakis and the marvelous Vincent Gardenia, as the philandering plumbing jobber.
Asked why he’s crying when Cher declares for Nicolas Cage over Danny Aeillo (RIP), Grandpa explains “I’m confused.”
Blaska’s sobering final thought: Prince Charles and Sen. Rand Paul have tested positive. At some point, a really famous person will die of it and become the Rock Hudson of the coronavirus.