• How Brazil’s President turned the country into a global epicenter of COVID-19

    In this manuscript, we point out that the federal government headed by President Bolsonaro has pursued a political agenda that contributed to the spread of COVID-19, transforming the country into a major repository for SARS-CoV-2 and its variants, thus representing a risk for worldwide containment efforts. Furthermore his actions are also weakening democratic institutions, which could counter his political agenda, effectively facilitating the spread of COVID-19. Thus, the perpetuation of the COVID-19 pandemic in Brazil is due to human behaviour factors, especially high-level public decision makers.
    Keywords: Bolsonaro, Coronavirus, Epidemiology, Indigenous peoples, Public health policy, SARS-CoV-2

    School reopenings in Manaus, Brazil gave rise to COVID’s Gamma variant, study shows - World Socialist Web Site

    As schools reopen around the world, their role as vectors for the spread of the novel coronavirus is becoming increasingly clear, with growing numbers of children infected and dying.

    In the United States, after schools reopened, the first week of September registered a 240 percent increase in cases in children compared to the end of July. In the last two months, 164 children died from COVID-19 in the US, an average of almost three deaths per day.

    In Brazil, children and young people up to the age of 19 accounted for 2.5 percent of cases and 0.6 percent of COVID-19 deaths in December 2020. At the end of August of this year, one month after the largest school reopenings since the pandemic began, these numbers increased to 17 percent and 1.5 percent, respectively. Brazil has recorded the deaths of 2,398 children and young people up to the age of 19 from COVID-19, the highest number in the world.

    On 5 August 2021, Brazil passed 559,607 deaths officially attributed to COVID-19, with drastic increases in cases, hospitalizations, and deaths in many municipalities (counties) and state capitals [1]. The number of deaths is underestimated and may be up to twice that reported in official data [2]. Since 3 March 2021 Brazil’s daily deaths per million inhabitants have surpassed those in the US. Since the beginning of the pandemic, Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro has downplayed the severity of the disease [3], promoted an “early treatment” package of remedies that are known to be ineffective [3, 4] and acted to block measures for inhibiting transmission [5].❞

    Nancy Delagrave - COVID-STOP sur Twitter : “Bad things done for a flawed concept.”“the emergence of the gamma variant in Manaus occurred due to the … gov.’s strategy of encouraging the contagion of children with the return of in-person classes so that the population would reach herd immunity.”" https://t.co/u2FoKKVUBc https://t.co/rJwCUMZNSF" / Twitter