East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai

In the Red Zone


As of one hour ago, the Asti province – what I usually call Astigianistan – is Red Zone for the COVID-19 virus. Which basically means nothing is coming in or out of this place, we are invited to stay at home and not go around, because the infection is out of control.

All we can do is sit tight and wait – but really, if we have been infected already (I visited Asti twice in the last three weeks), there is little else we can do.
If nothing else, by staying put, if we are carrier of the virus, we will not spread it around.
For the rest, we have food for about ten days, and books to last us forever.

I’ll keep you posted.

Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

4 thoughts on “In the Red Zone

  1. Thanks for the updates, Davide. Keeping up on Italy each day โ€” and expressing solidarity. We live in the State of Kentucky (a few kilometers from Cincinnati, Ohio). The first Coronavirus carrier was taken to the largest hospital in the State, about 125 km away from us. On a normal evening the emergency room is packed โ€” stretchers along each wall. I know this from personal experience because my wife and I shared one of those stretchers for two days and one night to cheer on the new year. Of course, pre-Corona days.
    Small world, my friend. Staying tuned.


    • Thank you, Bill.
      I will post updates on the situation. Being in a rural area has its advantages, but right now the national health service is stretched pretty thin.
      Let’s hope it will be just boring, and nothing more.


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