Italian nurse with coronavirus kills herself over fear of infecting others

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Italian nurse with coronavirus kills herself over fear of infecting others

An Italian nurse who contracted the coronavirus has taken her own life after she feared she had spread it to others, it was reported.

Daniela Trezzi, 34, worked in the intensive care unit of the San Gerardo Hospital in the city of Monza, in the Lombardy region, which is the epicenter of Italy’s coronavirus crisis.

According to the National Federation of Nurses of Italy, Daniela had been at work since Italy was hit by the virus, around six weeks ago.

She had already suffered considerable stress after working on the frontline of the coronavirus outbreak and had been released from work since March 10 after testing positive.

The nurses’ federation said Daniela became extremely anxious out of “fear of having infected others”, as per Il Messaggero reports.

“We express our pain and consternation over the suicide of our young colleague,” they said.

“Our 450,000 professionals will join together around the relatives and family of Daniela.”

“Each of us has chosen this profession for good and, unfortunately, also for bad: we are nurses,” the federation said.


“The condition and stress to which our professionals are subjected is under the eyes of all,” it said, adding that “a similar episode had happened a week ago in Venice, with the same underlying reasons.”

Hospital general manager Mario Alparone said Trezzi had been at home sick since March 10 and that “she was not under surveillance.”

The nurse’s death is under investigation.

About 5,760 health care workers have been infected by the virus, according to figures released Tuesday by an Italian research institute.