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An Italian paediatric department at the time of Coronavirus: a resident’s point of view
  1. Marta Cognigni
  1. Pediatric Department, University of Trieste, Trieste 34149, Italy
  1. Correspondence to Dr Marta Cognigni, Pediatric Department, University of Trieste, Trieste 34149, Italy; martacognigni{at}

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‘It will be an easy rotation.’ This is what I thought on the first day of internship in the children’s psychiatric department, which shares rooms with the general paediatric department, at IRCCS Burlo-Garofolo in Trieste. There were all the ingredients: challenging cases, inspiring environment and an insatiable curiosity. What could go wrong?

A couple of days after that silly thought, Italy was locked down. Everyday life in the whole country was changing, as well as the appearance of the paediatric department. Despite being a third level leading centre in paediatric research and care, the clinic witnessed a drop in hospital admissions for organic paediatric diseases. The paediatric department was emptying as if nobody felt sick anymore. These empty beds were taken up by …

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