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Italy’s leading epidemiologist on why the virus has spread in a ‘surprisingly enduring’ way, and how Germany managed lower deaths


Many are facing the harsh reality that Italy has a terrible second wave as the cold weather arrives. The country is reaching nearly 50,000 deaths. As Italy lives through the COVID-19 pandemic, politicians are debating how to allow families to spend the holidays together; how to allow for a traditional dinner yet manage the spread of the virus.

Carlo La Vecchia, professor of medical statistics and epidemiologist at the University of Milan, explains what’s behind the second wave, why Germany has fared better than most other countries, and what to expect over Christmas.

Did Italy ‘waste’ the progress that was made this summer when the number of cases had reached near zero?



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