Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) – On a beautiful island in the Mediterranean, Italian Mauro Morandi has been living alone for more than 30 years. Over the past few weeks, his hut has served as a haven for pursuing the global HIV epidemic crisis.
Having been alone with his own ideas for a long period of his life, Morandi has some insight into the isolation that many of us face now, and in the weeks and months to come.
Morandi, a former teacher, arrived by accident on Bodlei Island, off the coast of Sardinia, while trying to sail from Italy to Polynesia 31 years ago.
Morandi fell in love with the pure waters and clear sands of the Atoll, as well as the beautiful sunset view, which prompted him to stay and seclusion on the island.
Morandi, who is 81 years old, is still settled on the island, having gained the title of Italian version of the novelist Robinson Crusoe.
And every night, Morandi is housed in an ancient stone hut, to wake up in the morning to the scenery of Mother Nature. He enjoys exploring bushes and slopes, and talks to birds entering and exiting his kitchenette window while eating breakfast.
Nevertheless, Morandi follows the news, first learning of the closure of mainland Italy to limit the spread of the Corona virus, and then the rest of the world.
In his solitary world, Morandi now feels that he is in “the safest place on earth.” He is also keen to share some advice on the best method for self-isolation.
Morandi told CNN by phone, his only contact with the outside world, that he was fine and not afraid.
“I feel safe here. This island offers me complete protection. There are absolutely no risks. No one comes here, and not even a single boat can be seen sailing from far away,” Morandi continues.
Like many of us, Morandi’s main concern relates to the safety of his family and friends, who live in Modena, northern Italy, one of the most infected areas in Italy.
“They face difficult times,” Morandi says.
For Morandi, little has changed since the Coruna virus broke out in Italy, except that he must now wait longer for people to bring him food from the mainland, due to the severe restrictions imposed by the Rome government.
This means that even sporadic visits of tourists during the winter have stopped, and Morandi has, over the years, used to befriend visitors and share their meals with them.
Morandi spends his day contemplating the sea, breathing the fresh air, collecting wood, preparing his meals, and of course, publishing it through his account on “Instagram”.
As expected, Morandi sometimes gets bored, so he spends his time taking pictures of beaches, wildlife, and landscapes, then adds adjustments to his shots to share on social media, where many follow him.
Morandi believes that if Italy continues to shut down, it means that tourists will stay away until at least July, adding to the prospect of a quieter summer that he does not scare.
Morandi has some advice for people who have been forced to isolate in Italy and elsewhere around the world because of the global epidemic, and he says that spending a few weeks entrenched at home is not a nuisance, on the contrary, it represents an opportunity to practice the search for self.
Morandi explains from his experience that although he is alone on an entire island, the winter of the Mediterranean can be difficult, so he spends several months indoors.
Morandi stresses that he spends every winter inside his house, and for months in a row he barely wanders around the island, indicating that he spends time on the front porch under the canopy instead.
So, Marwandi says amazed, “What makes people unable to stay at home for two weeks? That’s ridiculous,” he said.
As Italy tightened movement restrictions to control the Corona virus, scores of Italians have been fined in the past few days for leaving their homes for unpleasant reasons such as hiking in the park or on the beach.