Italy’s ‘Patient No. 1’ joins relay race as sign of hope


1:14 pm CDT, Saturday, September 26, 2020

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Italy’s ‘Patient No. 1’ Joins Relay Race as Sign of Hope | World News


CODOGNO, Italy (AP) — Italy’s coronavirus “Patient No. 1,” whose case confirmed one of the world’s deadliest outbreaks was underway, is taking part in a 180-kilometer (112-mile) relay race as a sign of hope after he himself recovered from weeks in intensive care.

Mattia Maestri, a 38-year-old Unilever manager, was suited up Saturday for the start of the two-day race between Italy’s first two virus hot spots. It began in Codogno, south of Milan, where Maestri tested positive Feb. 21, and was ending Sunday in Vo’Euganeo, where Italy’s first official COVID-19 death was recorded the same day.

Wearing a dark face mask, Maestri said the race was a “beautiful initiative” uniting the two virus-ravaged towns and the hard-hit swath of territory between them. He said he was thrilled to even be alive to participate.

“I feel very lucky,” he said at

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Italy’s COVID-19 Lockdown Boosted T1D Glycemic Control

Glycemic control among patients with type 1 diabetes (T1D) in Italy improved during the pandemic lockdown there, a small study found.

In an analysis of 20 Italians with T1D who stopped work during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, glycemic control significantly improved within just the first week, reported Federico Boscari, MD, of the University of Padova, and colleagues.

Specifically, mean blood glucose declined from 177 ± 45 mg/dL (9.9 ± 2.5 mmol/L) in the week just before lockdown to 160 ± 40 mg/dL (8.9 ± 2.2 mmol/L) during the first 7 days in lockdown in March 2020 (P=0.005).

The findings were presented at the virtual European Association for the Study of Diabetes 2020 meeting and also published in Diabetes Therapy.

“This suggests that slowing down routine activities can have a positive effect on glycemic control in the short term,” Boscari said during a press conference.

The benefits also

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