The claims: Italians over 80 will be ‘left to die,’ and that may be because of socialized health care
Various claims that Italians over the age of 80 would be “left to die” have surfaced within the past week on social media, with some posts saying the blame falls on Italy’s socialized health care system.
Italy forced to prioritize health care resources
Italy’s COVID-19 fatality rate of 5% is higher than the global average of 3.5%. As the country’s confirmed cases continue to surge, health officials are scrambling to find adequate resources.
Despite a countrywide lockdown, Italy reached a grave milestone this week when the country’s death toll surpassed China’s — as of March 19, 3,405 people have died.
Italy has an older population, with a median age of 47.3, compared to 38.3 in the United States. Older populations are much more susceptible to complications from COVID-19, and many of