“We have to live in despair, because this is a world-level tragedy,” said Dr. Jose Davey Orbz, a senior member of the American Association for Infectious Diseases (IDSA). ICU’. It sums up our policy today. “He and other health experts warn that Brazil does not yet have a national plan to fight the epidemic, while authorities are focusing on reopening businesses that could exacerbate the outbreak.
It should be noted that Brazil is divided into districts, each headed by a governor, who can independently determine what the province’s policy will be at the time of the epidemic – and thus the country suffers from a lack of coordination in actions to fight the virus. Many districts opened too early than recommended by health experts.
The Brazilian Ministry of Health reported that on Saturday 49,970 new corona patients were diagnosed in the country, and 905 patients died. This brings the total death toll to 100,477, and the number of patients from the outbreak is about 3 million – second only to the United States. However, experts estimate that the real data is much higher, due to the relatively low number of tests conducted by the state. The average official death toll in Brazil since the end of May stands at more than 1,000.
The head of the Department of Infectious Diseases at the University of Sao Paulo referred to the dismal data and said that “we do not know where it will stop, there may be 150,000 or 200,000 deaths. Only time will see the full impact of the corona virus in Brazil.”
According to him, the only comparison that can be made to Corona is to diseases like smallpox, which were brought to America by the European colonialists who first came to the continent. Smallpox has devastated a significant portion of the Native American population.
The Supreme Court and the Congress of Brazil, which criticized Bolsonero’s treatment of the plague, respectively declared about three and four days of national mourning following the dismal milestone of 100,000 dead. The president did not address this publicly.
Two health ministers, both doctors, have resigned over disagreements with Bolsonero over the way the epidemic should be treated. The acting health minister is Eduardo Pazuelo, a military general who has abandoned the call for social alienation, which Bolsonero opposes even though experts believe it is essential. Bolsonero himself often turns to a masked god, and tends to get to demonstrations and mingle in the crowd without keeping to the rules.
Bolsonero, who allegedly contracted Corona himself and recovered, claimed to have recovered from the disease with the help of the drug hydroxychloroquine, which was originally intended to treat malaria. Despite the fact that several studies have been conducted to see if the drug does help treat corona, no evidence has yet been found to be beneficial.
However, there are those who claim that the worst is already behind Brazil. According to the chairman of the Rio de Janeiro State Hospital Association, “The situation is very comfortable and we do not understand why this is happening. It is possible that the infection rate is much higher than reported at the beginning of the epidemic, and many of the people walking the streets are already immune. “We note that the situation in Rio is relatively good, with an occupancy rate of less than 30% in hospitals – but in Brazil, for example.
Many residents of Brazil, who have lost their loved ones of all, are frustrated by the country’s fight against the disease. Vivian Melo de Silva, 47, who lost her mother, said: “The government said it was a ‘tiny flu’. The government did not care, it was not worried. Innocent people died because of this negligence and lack of preparation.” She said that her mother initially thought it was a cold, but after a few days she suffered from breathing problems – and within five days she died in a public hospital.
Nazara Rosa de Paula, 67, who lost her husband Geraldo to the plague, said many people were indifferent to the virus despite so many deaths in Brazil. According to her, her husband went to the supermarket with a mask and did not believe he would be infected – and in April he fell ill and thought it was the flu. His health deteriorated for eight days, and he was later diagnosed with coronary heart disease – and died on April 28.
“Everything happened fast,” de Paula added. “There was no time to do anything, and that surprised a lot of people.” She said she and her husband have been together for 43 years. “People have said that over time the situation will improve, but for me it will not end.”
Marcio do Nascimento Silva, a 56-year-old taxi driver who lost his 25-year-old son in a plague, joined the tribute to the 100,000 dead on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, where Rio de Paz members placed crosses on the sand and blew 1,000 red balloons into the sky. He said, “There are 100,000 dead, and it seems that many people do not see it – both among the government and among our people. The 100,000 dead represent families, friends, parents and children. They are not just numbers, but human beings. Death has become normal.”