Italian ICU Nurse Who Tested Positive with Coronavirus Commits Suicide over Fear that She Had Infected Others

WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:

  • An Italian nurse working at the frontlines in the fight against the global coronavirus pandemic committed suicide, as the country records another surge in death toll numbers.
  • The National Federation of Nurses of Italy has expressed “pain and dismay” following the news of the suicide, directing attention to the condition and stress health professionals experience during these times.
  • As of Tuesday, 8 percent of the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Italy are health care workers.

Daniela Trezzi, 34 years old, is under stress working inside the intensive care unit at the San Gerardo Hospital, Monza in the hard-hit region of Lombardy. The nurse fears that while on the frontlines in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, she was spreading coronavirus as she treats her patients.  

The nurse, while under quarantine, committed suicide after her test results came back positive for COVID-19 thinking that in doing so, she will not infect others with the virus.

The National Federation of Nurses of Italy has expressed “pain and dismay” following the news about the suicide of the nurse. Her death came as another record-high death toll surged in the country with 743 additional deaths recorded on Tuesday.

The federation released a statement, saying, “Each of us has chosen this profession for good and, unfortunately, also for bad: we are nurses.”

“The condition and stress to which our professionals are subjected is under the eyes of all,” it continued, adding that “a similar episode had happened a week ago in Venice, with the same underlying reasons.”

The death of the nurse remains a pending investigation. Mario Alparone, general manager to the hospital, said that [Trezzi] was not under surveillance.” The nurse stayed home, sick since March 10.

Italian Research Institute reports 5,760 health care workers recorded to have contracted the virus, 8 percent of the total 69,176 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Italy as of Tuesday.

Source: New York Post

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