One of the biggest emergencies of our times, the covid-19 pandemic, is spreading around the world as we write this, and it is striking Italy particularly hard. In the Emilian town of Piacenza, Italy, it all started on 21 February 2020. The first case was identified in nearby Codogno. There was the immediate search for the identity of patient zero. There was the minute-by-minute news, a good dose of panic, and many questions—for citizens and the authorities alike.