The island of Gilgio seems largely untouched by the Covid-19 epidemic. Scientists are looking for an explanation.

le site Medicalxpress, all the conditions were met for the cases to explode quickly on this island. Indeed, the alleys are narrow and the houses densely populated. In Giglio, the inhabitants rub shoulders on a daily basis and maintain a certain proximity.

A negative assessment that even surprises Dr Armando Schiaffino, the only doctor on the island for about 40 years: “Whenever an ordinary childhood illness, such as scarlet fever, measles or chickenpox strikes, within a few days, virtually everyone is infected on Giglio.”. Interested in this situation, researcher Paola Muti, specialized in breast cancer at the University of Milan where she was professor of epidemiology, looked into the Giglio phenomenon. “Dr. Schiaffino came to me and said, ‘Hey look, Paola, this is amazing. In this full pandemic, with all the cases that have come to the island, no one is sick. So I said to myself: ‘Well, here we can do a study, right? I am here”. While the locals rubbed shoulders with several people affected by Covid-19, no one was infected with the virus. “data-reactid =” 24 “> For several months, the whole world has suffered the full brunt of the Covid-19 epidemic. The whole world? Not exactly. An Italian island resists again and again. While Italy counts more of 246,000 cases and deplores more than 35,000 deaths, the counters of the island of Giglio remain at … zero Indeed, since the start of the global pandemic, no case has been reported among the 800 inhabitants of this Tuscan archipelago nestled in the Tyrrhenian Sea. Chance? Luck? Genetics? As reported by the Medicalxpress website, all the conditions were met for cases to explode quickly on this island. Indeed, the alleys are narrow and the houses densely populated In Giglio, the inhabitants mix with each other daily and maintain a certain proximity.

A negative assessment that even surprises Dr Armando Schiaffino, the only doctor on the island for about 40 years: “Whenever an ordinary childhood illness, such as scarlet fever, measles or chickenpox strikes, within a few days, virtually everyone is infected on Giglio.”. Interested in this situation, researcher Paola Muti, specialized in breast cancer at the University of Milan where she was professor of epidemiology, looked into the Giglio phenomenon. “Dr. Schiaffino came to me and said, ‘Hey look, Paola, this is amazing. In this full pandemic, with all the cases that have come to the island, no one is sick. So I said to myself: ‘Well, here we can do a study, right? I am here”. While the locals rubbed shoulders with several people affected by Covid-19, no one was infected with the virus.

723 tests performed

Of the island’s roughly 800 year-round residents, 723 volunteered to be tested to determine if they had come into contact with the virus. Result? Among the islanders, only one person possesses the antibodies which are signs of contact with a sick person. This is an elderly man who sailed on the same ferry as a sick man.

According to the researcher, the non-contamination of the inhabitants could be explained by the fact that they have not been in sufficient contact with the virus. Another possibility mentioned by Massimo Andreoni, head of infectious diseases at Tor Vergata hospital in Rome, some patients would be less able to spread the disease for reasons that are not yet clear.