About the Authors

Giustino Parruti, Francesco Vadini, Federica Sozio, Elena Mazzott, Tamara Ursini, Ennio Polill, Paola Di Stefano, Monica Tontodonati, Giulio Calella
Unit of Infectious Diseases, Pescara General Hospital, Pescara, Italy

Maria C. Verrocchio, Mario Fulcheri
Clinical Psychology Division, University of Chieti-Pescara, Italy

Francesca Santilli
Department of Medicine and Aging, University of Chieti-Pescara, Italy

Lamberto Manzoli
Section of Hygiene, Epidemiology, Pharmacology and Legal Medicine, University of Chieti-Pescara, Italy

Corresponding Author

parruti@tin.it

Competing Interests

Lamberto Manzoli is a PLOS ONE Editorial Board member. This does not alter the authors’ adherence to all the PLOS ONE policies on sharing data and materials.The other authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: GP FV F. Santilli LM. Performed the experiments: GP FV F. Sozio EM TU MT GC EP F. Santilli PDS MCV. Analyzed the data: GP FV F. Santilli F. Sozio MF GC LM. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: GP FV EP LM. Wrote the paper: GP FV EM TU MT GC EP F. Santilli MF LM.