I'm stuck in Italy with 3,090 confirmed cases of coronavirus, 107 dead, 276 recovered. Stuck? Lucky you, they say. But no. An enforced absence when there are work deadlines to be met, cats to be minded, mouths to be fed is not ideal.
Also, virus fear is creeping along the peninsula. The nonchalance is gone, along with thousands of American students hauled back by their colleges across the Atlantic.
The streets are eerie, hotels deserted, galleries abandoned.
Containing the virus is critical now. The containment window is closing.
On Tuesday, the government confined the elderly to their homes, announced a national ban on handshakes and the two-kiss greeting. Crowds are to be avoided. Everyone must keep a metre of personal space.
In the north, schools and universities are closed for weeks. Yesterday, the shut-down went national. The atmosphere is sombre. People are edgy. With dodgy lungs, I cough a bit. In public, I am considering a leper bell.
The 3,090 confirmed-case figure does not include the tens of thousands of Italians in quarantine or precautionary home isolation. And no, there's no panic at that number. It's stressful for families living with the restriction in their movement, but generally, people are sensible, responsible.
Apart from a few escapees from the locked-down 'red zone' in the north - promptly arrested and returned - the community senses that there's a dangerous virus to be contained, so better safe than sorry. Are there black crosses daubed on their doors, flaming cordons, vigilante patrols? No. People are giving interviews, for sure. But are media packs slavering over their privacy? Not a bit of it.
The civil protection authority and other official bodies give daily updates on the virus situation, citing numbers of new cases, deaths, recoveries.
Each case is cited according to precise location, be it town or city.
The same clarity applies to tests being done; how many, where. The results are announced as they come in. The public knows exactly where the virus is. The official attitude is no secrecy, no shame.
In addition, all virus-related actions and accidents, be they school closures or patient recalls, are identified to the public as a matter of course. For example, this week in Tor Vergata Hospital in Rome, 98 A&E patients were recalled, with 10 medical staff going into protective quarantine, after contact with a police officer found to be positive for the virus.
In Florence recently, a high school was clearly identified where a parent was virus-positive and their children were subsequently tested. Likewise, when a Norwegian student tested positive, the architectural school they were attending was named automatically.
Are there torchlit processions around these schools? No.
Are the public and media feasting like jackals on the privacy of the individuals, colleagues, families? No.
Was citing them a breach of GDPR? No.
Are infected people associated with either school refusing to come forward? No.
In fact, where official information on the virus is automatically regarded as public information, that last suggestion is risible.
Therefore, after three weeks of this very public information, it was strange to hear the Irish authorities refer to the first confirmed case of coronavirus as being, cryptically, "in the east". Now, to say the Lotto has been won "in the east" is sufficient public information. To say the coronavirus has been confirmed "in the east" is not.
There was no medical, patient or communications reason not to give the precise location as Dublin. The attempted suggestion that citing Dublin would be a breach of patient confidentiality was ludicrous.
Communications issues arising from the coronavirus come in the immediate aftermath of the State's spectacular failure to manage the communications about CervicalCheck. The Irish health service cannot afford to repeat such a calamity.
That patients are entitled to their privacy is a given. Each of us depends on it. But stated 'concerns' over personal privacy cannot, and must not, be used by the State as an excuse to indulge in national secrecy.
Neither should privacy 'concerns' be used to manage the communication of a potential epidemic.
That in a health crisis, the State refused to name a school it was closing, but would allow this important point of public information become a hostage to social-media fortune, was significant and alarming.
In a crisis - particularly an epidemic - the State must keep control of the narrative. If it does not, people cannot have confidence.
In a situation where cases will grow, with more public closures required, it is vital that all official information be announced, in detail, by official Ireland.
And that this official information be reported by the reliable media, as opposed to the vagaries, gossip and speculation of social media, as was the case with the school.
With coronavirus, doctors in Ireland have a duty of care to their patients. But public officials in the Government, Department of Health and HSE also have a duty of care to the public, in terms of information it has a right know, and how that information is managed and communicated.
That Maisie Murphy is being treated for coronavirus is Maisie Murphy's private business. Nobody needs to know who Maisie is. But that a patient in Ireland - unnamed, unidentified - has a new virus involved in a global epidemic, is very much the public's business. As is the precise location of that virus, be it Cork or Limerick or Dublin. As is the public closing of a school on account of it.
As cases grow, clarity will be critical. I believe that all closure sites should be named. No picking or choosing. Just calmly, matter-of-factly. That way, people can have confidence that information is not being withheld.
Equally, the State should not be inveigling the media to assist in the suppression of information, where there is no personal, clinical or security need to do so. I found it alarming that many media outlets would so readily oblige the Government in not naming the school to be closed. Public information belongs to the public. Not to any government. Nor any health service.
Indeed, it is the duty of the media to put into the public domain the information the public requires, without breaching GDPR or the ethical demands of confidentiality and privacy.
Yes, there will be instances where temporary media blackouts will serve the national and public interest. Palpably this is not one of them. Simon Harris, with a lamentable record as Health Minister, did himself, the public and the crisis no favours with his PR-engineered soundbite about public-interest information and information the public is interested in.
Suggesting a prurience on the part of those who believe public information should be just that - public - is ongoing proof of the detached, know-better attitude of this administration, even in caretaker mode.
In crisis mode, though, is the HSE with its hoax-that-wasn't-a-hoax letter to self-isolate. All a bit Keystone Cops Do Crisis Management.
Simon Harris though? No crisis there for him.
He's happy with their "good faith". Now, if only that were a hoax.