Political Correctness Kills: Fearing ‘Racism’ Allegations, Italy Failed to Isolate Wuhan Travelers Early


The former President of the European and Italian Society for Virology attributed Italy’s unmatched surge in novel Coronavirus deaths – even allegedly surpassing China – to the government’s fear of being labeled “racist” for barring Chinese entry.

Dr. Giorgio Palù, also a Professor of Virology and Microbiology at the University of Padova, expressed concern over the Italian government’s inadequate response to the virus, a grave flaw that has continued since the onset of the outbreak, in a CNN interview.

Currently, Italy is leading globally with over 6,000 deaths and is likely to stop treatment for individuals over 80 and in poor health. 

A specific error Dr. Palù highlights is how the Italian government ignored testing in an area with the virus:

“We should have done more diagnostic tests in Lombardy where there was a big nucleus. There is no sense in trying to go to the supermarket once a week. You have to limit your time out, isolation is the key thing.”


He alleges the government was “lazy in the beginning… too much politics in Italy.”

Dr. Palù adds: “There was a proposal to isolate people coming from the epicenter, coming from China. Then it became seen as racist, but they were people coming from the outbreak.”

Even according to CNN, fear of being viewed as racist “led to the current devastating situation.”

Look no further than Dario Nardella, the left-wing Mayor of Florence, who urged Italians to “hug a Chinese” in early February –nearly 2 months after the first documented case of the virus – out of concern that the virus was spawning anti-Chinese racism.

He even posted a video where he takes his own advice, using a man of Chinese-origin as a prop for his “anti-racist” video.

Similarly, activists from the Association of Italian-Chinese youth in an effort to “eradicate Coronavirus prejudice” and emphasize Chinese people are “not a virus” sent a Chinese man wearing a safety mask to hug Italian residents in a grandstanding display of political correctness.

Unsurprisingly, the display has been glorified across state-run Chinese media outlets.

Progressive American politicians, in lockstep with their establishment media counterparts, have attempted to smear President Trump’s geographically accurate term “Chinese virus” as racist; luckily he’s has taken an America First response from the onset, seemingly untainted by any fear of being cast as “racist.”

Natalie Winters

Natalie Winters is freelance reporter.

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