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Stroke care in Italy at the time of COVID-19: a snapshot in February 2021

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WHO Regional Office for Europe has interviewed practitioners and patients affected by cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes and chronic respiratory diseases to gather their experience on NCD care during the COVID-19 pandemic. This collection of stories sheds light on the challenges and opportunities faced in countries, and documents innovative solutions to overcome them. This document gives a snapshot of stoke care in Italy in February 2021. When the first wave of COVID-19 hit Italy in 2020, hospitals with over 500 beds had to set up COVID-19 units and COVID-19-free areas to admit and quarantine COVID-19-positive patients. Intensive care unit (‎ICU)‎ beds were dedicated to them and additional ICU beds found. In some places, entire hospitals were assigned to treat only COVID-19 patients. Smaller institutions were often temporarily closed because patients and personnel had acquired COVID-19 in the hospital.

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