At this exact moment in the coronavirus crisis, we are lucky here in Milan. That’s because the weather today is beautiful. So we can open the windows, or go on the balcony to see the sky and feel the sun. When it’s like this in the lockdown it is possible to find yourself a better mood. It lifts your spirits.

I am following the rules and spending most of my time here in the apartment. I am with Guilherme, my boyfriend. Of course every day I am with my family, and Stefano, and all the people I love, but it’s on FaceTime. This is an extension of our culture and even though we cannot meet in person, the meetings we do have feel stronger now somehow. My parents handed the ritual of Sunday lunch down to me, to sit with everyone for lunch and then to all wash the dishes together and talk through our problems and our hopes, and this is something we are doing today, but in a different way.

Even if I’m spending most of my time at home now, I am a worker, and I am not stopping my routine. I am always up by 7 am. Because if you change your routine, ciao. Yesterday I cleaned all the kitchen very well, although—and this is very embarrassing—I cannot work my washing machine! I always have to FaceTime my niece, Giusi, for the technical information! So I wake up, have a coffee, make sure everything is tidy, fold the blankets on the sofa, clean the carpet: It’s about respect.

If I must go to work, I get the certificate and go, carefully. When I cross Viale Piave [where Dolce & Gabbana is headquartered] and I see people on the street now we keep our distance—social distancing has completely changed the brain when it comes to kissing someone, ciao, ciao—but there is no frustration or hostility. Two weeks ago people weren’t smiling so much on the street, but now when I see people they smile.

I’m very worried, and sometimes I feel panic, and that’s normal. I’m human. We are trying to be positive and help in any way we can. Back in February before fashion week, me and Stefano decided that Dolce & Gabbana would fund a research project into the coronavirus at the Humanitas University here in Milan. We hope that it is progressing. The epidemiologists will only talk about it if and when they make progress because they do not want to create an illusion, or talk for nothing. I would love it if tomorrow is better. But today, it’s like a big war. We need to look after humanity first, lives and dignity.

I pray to my Virgin and my Jesus because I am Catholic, and I hope for a miracle. I look at all the news and sometimes it is exhausting, but it is also inspiring. For me the nurses and the doctors are our heroes—these are the people we should celebrate and admire. Not celebrities or influencers or whatever. And even though this experience is terrible, we are lucky to be going through it in Italy. Even while the hospitals are overwhelmingly busy, their doors are open to everybody—we are all entitled to medical care here.

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