Born: 1980. Cesena, Italy
Profession: documentary photographer
Lives & works in: Forlì, Italija

 

Italy was the first Western country to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic. In March 2020, the country’s health system was caught off-guard and brought to its knees, particularly in northern Italy, due to the exceptional nature of this tragedy.
USCAs (Special Continuity of Care Units) are teams of doctors responsible for monitoring and providing home care for Covid-19 patients. They are responsible for assessing who needs to be hospitalised on the basis of the symptoms and state of health of those suffering from the virus, helping prevent accident and emergency departments and hospitals from becoming overwhelmed.
USCA doctors are very young. As a matter of fact, due to the shortage of personnel to combat the pandemic, from March 2020, the recruitment of recent medicine graduates has been made easier, abolishing the state exam for qualification to the medical profession.
The Emilia Romagna region was one of the first to implement USCAs (as early as March 2020), becoming one of the fundamental resources in tackling the pandemic. At the end of 2020, the USCAs consisted of 420 people (358 doctors and 62 healthcare workers), with an average age of 33.
The photographs are slightly out of focus due to the transparent plastic I had to cover the camera with to avoid contamination.