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After six months of the COVID-19 pandemic in Brazil

To mark the six months of Covid-19 in Brazil, the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz) has published a special edition of its Covid-19 Observatory Bulletin with an assessment of the pandemic that has been having effects on the health of populations and challenging science all over the world. Made by a multidisciplinary team of researchers of the Foundation, the investigation includes the main aspects related to Covid-19, such as social, economic, structural, or epidemiological dimensions. The publication brings together analytic texts, data, and graphics that go deep in themes such as the organization of health services, impacts of the disease on health professionals and other workers, and issues related to racial inequalities, indigenous peoples, the elderly, populations in the slums, and challenges involved in bioethics and social justice. A timeline highlights the most significant events up to now, and a final text lists Fiocruz actions in the response to the pandemic.

The Bulletin shows that the evolution curve of cases and deaths by Covid-19 in Brazil has displayed, since the beginning of the pandemic, a pattern that differs from those of other countries, and points to the worrying maintenance of a very high level of deaths in the country in the next three months if the current scenario remains unchanged. The study reveals the slow growth in the number of cases and the formation of a long transmission level since June, with a slight drop after September. Figures of Severe Acute Respiratory Infection (SARI) show that, even as numbers have fallen, the country is still trapped in a high level of cases and deaths…

Oswaldo Cruz Foundation. (2020). Bulletin of Covid-19 Observatory after six months of the pandemic in Brazil.

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