As Italy adjusts to life under emergency quarantine measures, there's a feeling of calm and solidarity between people around the country which is best summed up by this Italian phrase.
Pictures bearing the slogan andrà tutto bene – everything will be alright – are all over Italian social media today as people seek to reassure each other and brighten up days spent at home under quarantine.
It's roughly equivalent to the encouraging Cantonese phrase jiayou, meaning “don’t give up” or “hang on in there”, which has become a slogan seen on streets across China since the outbreak first began there.
Italian parents began sharing images on social media today of artwork created by their children – all off school at the moment until April 3 – bearing the hopeful message.
— Francesco Assante (@chiccoassa) March 11, 2020
The idea was quickly picked up by others, and soon the slogan was seen all over social media alongside the hashtag #iorestoacasa (“I'm staying at home.”)
— Alessandra ? (@lemonmeringue_) March 12, 2020