In early March, weeks before COVID-19 became a worldwide pandemic, Italy reported thousands of new cases every day, prompting a full shut down of the country. On March 13, Italian surfer Robert D’Amico uploaded a surf film called “StayAtHome” to spread awareness within the surf community about the seriousness of the virus, weeks before it would spread like wildfire across the globe. “Don’t shake hands, and avoid crowded places, as prevention is the only key to escape what we are forced to live at this moment,” D’Amico said in the description alongside the film. “This is a global problem, we as a nation made a giant error at the start of the epidemic, which became a pandemic. Do not make the same mistake.”
Unfortunately, most of the world did, in fact, make the same mistake.