An American student living in Italy describes what it was like to watch the country shut down as the coronavirus panic spread
- One American student studying in Italy found her studies cut short as the coronavirus pandemic swept the nation. The situation progressed startlingly quickly, she said.
- She said many wished to remain abroad, fearing for their safety and lack of health insurance in the US. She had also wanted to stay, but it wasn't as hard a decision for her because she is on her parents' health insurance.
- She just got back to the US on Friday, and isn't sure if she'll have to go into quarantine. She said several of her friends weren't tested when they returned from Italy.
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Amidst the coronavirus pandemic, one American student studying in Italy - whose identity was confirmed by Business Insider - found herself in a country second only to China in number of infections. Italy's death toll is now over 631, with over 10,000 infections reported, out of global totals of more than 6,500 and 169,000, respectively.
The student was meant to stay in Italy for the full academic year. And she's far from alone - in 2016, Italy was the second most popular destination for Americans studying abroad. She and her peers found themselves scrambling to leave the country - but not necessarily looking forward to their uncertain future upon returning to the US. She got home on Friday.
She let Business Insider in on her experience of Italy during the pandemic, with pictures she took after lockdown began.
At first, as friends were getting sent home, she decided to stay.
Coronavirus first started to make a minimal appearance in January — and then things progressed quickly.
She's not sure if she'll have to go into quarantine upon returning to the US — and she said several of her friends weren't tested when they returned from Italy. But many are choosing to self-quarantine.
"This whole ordeal has been really tiring for me. So I'm just like, I'm done. I want to go home."
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