empty piazza navona
The emptiness of the Piazza Navona, typically one of the busiest and crowded squares in Rome, symbolizes the despair of Italy and the toll COVID-19 has taken on the Bel Paese — the beautiful country. Photo by Domenico Lomuto

COVID-19 Chronicles: Stories of the Virus Among Us

No one will deny that these recent days and weeks have had more the feel of a book from the Old Testament than the modern age.