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Eleonora Delnevo: the sound of the epidemic affecting us all

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'This is my city. This is Bergamo. This is the sound of the epidemic affecting us all.' Italian mountaineer Eleonora Delnevo shares the pain of her city battling against the coronavirus.

#andràtuttobene. #everythingwillbefine. Actually, I’ve never particularly liked this tag used in Italy since the start of the Codiv-19 crisis. I don’t want to be polemical now, simply realistic. Especially when the sound of your city in the evening is nothing other than church bells ringing for the dead.

This is the sound of the epidemic affecting us all. It seems unreal. We started acting too late and it caught us off-guard. Doctors and all the health workers, and not only them, are really working their fingers to the bone, giving the absolute everything, but the harsh reality is that many of our friends have already lost someone. It’s indescribable

What really made me think is how many people, especially in the early days, seem not to have taken this threat seriously. I live on the outskirts of Bermago, and I watch people continuing to go for strolls, train, run… when they were asked specifically to not go outside, especially in my area, which is one of the hardest hit. How come we listen to the wake-up call when the virus actually takes someone important away from us? Do we really need to get to this point? In any case, by then it’s almost too late anyway.

We have to be more conscientious and try to halt this damned virus. The only thing we can do, both in order to not become infected outsells and also to help the doctors who are trying to save lives, is respect the rules and stay at home. Better still, stay IN our homes. After all, we’re only being asked to stay put for a few days of our lives. This may sound tough to those who like us are used to being outdoors. But this is exactly what needs to be done for the greater good.

We can use this free time to train at home, to do all those little things we never found the time to do in the past, to organise and plan our future holidays and expeditions, or simply to think about our next project as soon as we’ve defeated this virus. We can read and simply enjoy being at home. We have to manage to appreciate this time we have been given, our spaces, our family, the things we love… and the simplicity of just being ourselves. The time has come to show that we are strong, as strong as we try to be when we’re up in the mountains, or doing whatever sport we love to do. Please, show some respect.

#stayathome #respecttherules #nevergiveup #livesimply and as we say in Bergamo #molamia!


Eleonora Delnevo
From Bergamo, Eleonora Delnevo discovered her love for the mountains while at university studies. In 2015 she suffered a serious ice climbing accident in Val Daone and is paraplegic. This has not stopped her from climbing, kayaking, caving. A member of the prestigious Ragni di Lecco mountaineering club, in 2016 she repeated the big wall climb Zodiac on El Capitan in Yosemite with Diego Pezzoli, Angelo Angelilli and Franco Perlotto.

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This is my city. This is Bergamo. This is the sound of the plague affecting most of us. It seems unreal. We have acted late. It has found us unprepared. Doctors and all the health workers are really pushing hard and giving their best. I am luckly fine, but most of my friends has already lost someone. This is unspeakable. We have to be more conscientious and try to stop this damned virus. The only thing we can do, both not to be infected and to help doctors try to safe someone, is respect the rules, stay at home. At the end it will be just for few days of our life, even if now it sounds hard, mostly because we're quite used to live outdoor. But we all need it. Please, have a bit of respect #stayathome #iorestoacasa #codiv19 #bergamomolamia #maimollare #nevergiveup by Filippo

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