Premise’s COVID-19 Snapshot: Italy

Premise’s COVID-19 Snapshot: Italy

As cases of COVID-19 continue to skyrocket around the world, many are looking at Italy. Italy has quickly become the new epicenter of the pandemic, with over 63,927 cases (as of March 23, 2020, at 2:06 p.m. PST) and health officials are urging people to take social distancing actions or else end up in the same situation. 

To better understand the outbreak and its impact on people Premise, has been running surveys in 90+ countries, including Italy. But what does it look like in a country under lockdown? Our Contributors sent us photos of what they’re seeing in their neighborhoods and communities around Italy.

Rooftop view from Italy

Like in many places, we are seeing that our networks’ daily life has been reduced to essential services, markets and pharmacies. Of our respondents in Italy, 24.7%* said that they or their family members have been majorly or moderately affected by price gouging for goods and services. Learn more about Italy in our Economic Impact Dashboard.

As seen in these photos, many people who are out running essential errands are attempting to practice “social distancing” and provide appropriate space between them and other shoppers. Additionally, you can see that some people are wearing masks.

Many of our respondents are also reporting that street markets are still open. And that banks are still open and that ATMs have no lines.

Many of them are reporting empty streets, parks and public spaces as people follow recommendations to limit contact with other people and stay inside to slow the further spread of the virus. In Italy, 84.5% of our network* has reported that they or a member of their household has decided to stay home from work or school because of COVID-19.

Follow along as we collect more data on COVID-19 and dive deeper into the available data at If you’re interested in learning how Premise could help your organization get real-time insight around the globe during this challenging time email us at

*As of March 23, 2020 at 2:30 p.m. PST