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Alumni webinar #9 - Corona in Italy

A webinar with Dr Ornella Punzo

10 Nov 202014:00 - 15:00

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Italy was the first country in Europe with proven local transmission of SARS-CoV-2. The virus was circulating since two months prior the (supposed) index case and the situation got bad very fast, with a high hospitalisation and mortality rate. The government acted quickly and firmly ordering a total lockdown on the 9 March 2020 for 2 months, which allowed “hammering” the epidemic curve and reopening gradually during the spring and summer. However there is something untold in the widespread praising of the “Italian model”, as we can definitely say the country was unprepared back in February and is, once again, unprepared right now, while facing the second wave. Why is this happening again?

This question will be answered by ITM alumna Ornella Punzo (TMIH, 2011), a researcher involved in the COVID-19 epidemiological surveillance and in other COVID-19 working groups.

Register via Zoom.


In the webinar series, ITM alumni present their impressions on the current situation of the COVID-19 outbreak in their country and/or in specific health-related fields (e.g. maternal health), and highlight how they are engaged in this global fight against the pandemic. The main aim of this webinar series is to share experiences, expertise and good practices within the ITM community of alumni, students, staff, partner institutions and global health community. 


  • Dr Ornella Punzo, researcher at the Department of Infectious Diseases, Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Rome, Italy


  • Dr Maria Zolfo, Department of Clinical Sciences Education Coordination at ITM Antwerp