Having lived in Italy I soon found out they were great people to live among, but extremely difficult to work with. They did not like following rules. They would rather argue and discuss a task, instead of just accomplishing it. Waiting in line was almost nonexistent. They would think nothing of screwing over their neighbors in the morning, then hug and kiss them in the afternoon. Once you realized you had to expect this type of behavior it became bearable. After all, we did spend 4 years there. My wife had our first child there. That gave us a good look at their medical system. Gift shop at the hospital was great. Just a few of the expected cards and flowers, the rest of the shop was entirely wine.Their population is considerably older that the U.S. and that is part of it. The numbers I saw were the U.S. has about 2.8 hospital beds , Italy just over three and Korea? 15! (all per capita).
I saw an interesting contrast on the news a week or two ago. They interviewed a number of Italians and most said all the human to human contact was in their nature (all that hugging and kissing stuff) and they would continue doing so. In Korea most interviewed said they understood and practiced social distancing and wore masks. Certainly many more important factors between the those countries influencing the course of the outbreak but it was an interesting comparison.