Pirelli F1 boss Mario Isola is voluntarily working with the ambulance service in Italy in the fight against COVID-19.
Italy is one of the worst affected nations in the world with over 150,000 cases of the virus confirmed, resulting in nearly 20,000 deaths.
Like many countries Italy’s citizens are on lockdown, but the medical services are vital as they attempt to save the lives of those infected by the coronavirus.
And Isola, who serves as Pirelli’s Formula 1 boss, is among those healthcare workers fighting on the front line.
Isola joined the volunteer medical service in Italy at age 18, and now he is volunteering in the ambulance service in the Lombardy region, which has been badly affected, helping to transport patients.
He is doing so even though his girlfriend Isabella has begged him not to.
“As paramedics, we know that sometimes we have to take risks,” he told Sun Sport.
“You may encounter an aggressive person, but you also take a risk when you control an ambulance during an urgent mission.
“You know it’s risky and you could have an accident.
“The problem now is that you put yourself in danger every time the radio goes with a new mission. You do it because you have to.
“I’m having conversations about it with my girlfriend, who’s not really happy about it. Every time there is a risk, and that risk is not small, that is evident in many countries.”
Isola said the hardest part for him is not allowing family members to travel with their sick relatives, such is the contagiousness of the virus.
“The hardest part of the job now is that you can’t take the patient’s relatives in the ambulance to the hospital,” he said.
“Normally you bring family members present, because it is important [for the patient] that they have that support.
“But now it is forbidden to take others with them to avoid contact with patients. Sometimes someone is in bad shape and we have to tell the family they can’t come. They realize that this could be the last time they see their family alive and that’s hard for our people. We have to explain to them that we follow the procedures, but it’s very tough.”