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    Much of the world is seeing coronavirus cases fall. But Brazil’s outbreak is worse than ever.
    Terrence McCoy 9 hrs ago

    RIO DE JANEIRO —The senior health official looked into the camera, eyes wide. He had a message for those who wouldn't stop partying, wouldn't wear a mask, wouldn't take the coronavirus seriously.

    We have no ICU beds for your mother,” Rond?nia state Health Secretary Fernando M?ximo said. “We have no ICU beds your father, your aunt, your son, your girlfriend. We have no ICU beds for you.”

    On the opposite end of the country, more than 1,000 miles away, Santa Catarina state Health Secretary Andr? Motta had a similar warning: “We are reaching capacity!” And in the northeast: “Our health system will reach capacity and Brazil will be in chaos in two weeks,” Bahia state Gov. Rui Costa said.

    While much of the world is using restrictions and vaccines to try to tame the coronavirus, Brazil’s outbreak is worse than it has ever been. Deaths have hit a new high, averaging 1,208 per day over the past week. Public hospital occupancy is peaking. Health systems in more than half the country’s 26 states are at or near capacity. And a highly transmissive and potentially more dangerous variant is spreading nationwide.

    From the earliest days, the severity of Brazil’s outbreak has set the country apart from its peers. Under the chaotic leadership of President Jair Bolsonaro, the country has been consumed by internal divisions, set upon by medical quacks, unable to pull itself out from the abyss. More than a quarter million Brazilians are now dead, a toll surpassed only by the United States. The country’s vaccination campaign is bogging down in shortages and delays.

    “In this scenario, if nothing is done, by March people will be fighting for both hospital beds — and graves in the cemetery,” said Domingos Alves, the director of the Health Intelligence Laboratory at the University of S?o Paulo in Ribeir?o Pr?to. “We are going to need to open new graveyards to bury the bodies.”

    Health analysts warn that the global implications are significant. Brazil has shown a capacity to spawn new, potentially more dangerous mutations of the coronavirus. The variant known as P.1, which was discovered earlier this year, has stampeded the Amazonian city of Manaus, leading to more deaths in January and February than in all of 2020.

    “If Brazil does not control the virus, it will be the largest open laboratory in the world for the virus to mutate,” said Miguel Nicolelis, an epidemiologist and neuroscientist at Duke University. “It could not only be the epicenter of the pandemic, but the epicenter of the dissemination of more lethal and infectious variants. It’s in the interest of the entire planet.”...

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    Experts warn Brazil facing darkest days of Covid crisis as deaths hit highest level

    Intensive care units in 17 of the country’s 26 states were near capacity, while six states and the capital had run out of ICU beds

    Politicians from across the spectrum voiced anger and exasperation at the deteriorating situation on Monday, after Brazil’s weekly average of Covid deaths hit its highest level since the epidemic began last February and hospitals around the country reported being swamped.

    According to the newspaper O Globo, intensive care units in 17 of Brazil’s 26 states were near capacity, while six states and the capital Bras?lia had run out of intensive care beds altogether.


    “I don’t know where this will end … The country is running the risk of becoming one big Manaus,” Mandetta warned in reference to the Amazonian capital which made international headlines in January after hospitals ran out of oxygen because of a Covid surge.



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      World's Worst Covid Crisis Is Unfolding in Brazil, Where No Fix Seems to Work

      Three adjacent cities with three different approaches illustrate the despair.

      Andre Romani Pinto, Simone Preissler Iglesias, and Martha Viotti Beck
      March 5, 2021, 6:00 AM CST

      More than a year after a spiked virus launched a murderous campaign across the globe, most countries have put the worst behind them, aided by aggressive government policies and vaccines.

      Not Brazil.


      Nothing better illustrates the bizarrely fractured nature of Brazil’s Covid policies — and how they’ve sowed confusion and anger and suffering — than three cities along a 140-mile roadway in the state of Sao Paulo, where three distinct approaches to the pandemic coexist. In one, practically anything goes; in another, it’s full lockdown; and in a third, mass vaccination is underway. Each is a mess, overrun by rampant illness and mired in a deep economic funk that shows no signs of ending anytime soon.

      “What we’re living through now is much worse than what we had before,” said Denise Garrett, an infectious disease expert and vice president of the Sabin Vaccine Institute in Washington. “I see a huge storm forming in Brazil.”



      Okieman Comment: An article worth taking the time to read.


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        Covid: Bolsonaro tells Brazilians to stop 'whining' as deaths top 260,000

        The Brazilian president, Jair Bolsonaro, has triggered a wave of revulsion by telling citizens to stop “whining” about a coronavirus outbreak that has killed more than 260,000 people.

        The far-right populist made the inflammatory declaration on Thursday, as Brazil’s already dire Covid situation deteriorated and its average daily death toll rose above that of the United States.

        “Stop all this fussing and whining. How long are you going to keep on crying?” Bolsonaro asked supporters in the midwestern state of Goi?s, where nearly 9,000 people have died.


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          Brazil In Crisis: 'It Feels Like You Are In Stalingrad, in World War II'

          March 5, 20212:24 PM ET

          The health-care system is about to collapse – even in Sao Paulo, Brazil's most populous city with the largest medical infrastructure in the country, Dr. Miguel Nicolelis, a Brazilian-born Duke University neuroscientist, told NPR's Mary Louise Kelly.

          He describes a "horrible" situation with hospitals at full capacity, turning people away, with some left to die in ambulances or on the street. "They [hospitals] are refusing to take patients because they cannot find a bed in the ICU. So, let's say you have a heart attack or you have a stroke or you had a car accident ... people are actually dying, waiting for ICU bed."



          • #7
            Articles which speak of younger people becoming sick in Brazil. The articles are in Portuguese. I have put the translated title in English. After following the link you can right click the article page and choose to translate it to English. I believe they are still trying to determine why more young people are becoming infected. The why is important, but the facts on the ground at the moment is also important.


            Young people are finally scared

            What's behind the rise in youth admissions to Covid

            Araraquara has a 21-year-old intubated and sees deaths of young people multiply by ten

            More and more young patients seek outpatient care

            DJ's mother who died with Covid-19 thought that risk of the disease was 'media', until she lost her son: 'It took a little piece of me'


            • #8
              Some of the above articles read like the old avian flu pandemic planning scenarios. We have no way to verify the facts but these articles together paint a grim picture.


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                  Brazil posts new record of 1,972 COVID-19 deaths in a day

                  Outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Sao Paulo

                  Tue, March 9, 2021, 6:38 PM?1 min read


                  Rio de Janeiro-based research institute Fiocruz said in a report on Tuesday that more than 80% of intensive care unit (ICU) beds are occupied in the capitals of 25 of Brazil's 27 states. In 15 of Brazil's largest cities, 90% of ICU beds occupied.

                  The institute said a growing number of cities risk a collapse of their health systems.



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                      Brazil plunges into crisis as a second wave and deadly new variant overwhelm hospitals

                      By Flora Charner and Marcia Reverdosa, CNN

                      Updated 4:39 AM ET, Thu March 11, 2021

                      In 22 of Brazil's 26 states, ICU occupancy has surpassed 80%. In the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul, hospital patients must line up to wait for beds as occupancy rates in intensive care units soar past 103%. The neighboring state of Santa Catarina has already surpassed 99% occupancy and is on the verge of collapsing, as cases surge throughout the state.One hospital in Santa Catarina's capital, Florianopolis, is already beyond capacity. David Molin, the hospital's head nurse, tells CNN his team is exhausted and overwhelmed.
                      "I was here during the first wave and it wasn't like this. We are completely overwhelmed, with our occupancy rate at over 100%. Many of those patients who are waiting for an ICU don't make it," Molina told CNN during a telephone interview.




                      • #13
                        Bolsonaro Adopts 'Vaccine Plan' to Try to Stem Loss in Popularity

                        Government auxiliaries defend reaction strategy for what they classify as the worst government moment
                        The president's response to his eroding image is the Plano Vacina - Vaccine Plan. It involves both publications on social media to show the effort of the federal administration in the purchase of vaccines and the recording of videos on investments made in the health sector
                        ?The only security we have is our ability to adapt."


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                          Brazil has more than 2,000 COVID-19 dead in 24 hours for second day

                          MARCH 11, 2021
                          By Reuters Staff

                          BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil reported 2,233 COVID-19 deaths in the last 24 hours, the second consecutive day that fatalities have exceeded 2,000, the health ministry said on Thursday, and 75,412 new cases of the novel coronavirus infection.



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                            Updated: 11 Mar 2021, 12:26 PM IST - The Wall Street Journal

                            Brazil, Hit by Covid-19 Variant, Surpasses U.S. in Daily Cases and Deaths

                            P.1 strain from the Amazon fills up ICUs across South America?s most populous country; some patients left to die

                            By Samantha Pearson and Luciana Magalhaes
                            Updated March 10, 2021 7:25 pm ET

                            ... Public health specialists lay part of the blame on the rapid spread of the P.1 strain from the Amazonian city of Manaus, which studies have shown to be more contagious and better able to reinfect people than previous versions of the disease. Deaths have also surged as Brazil?s health system has struggled to cope, meaning patients who could have been saved were left to die in chaotic hospital corridors or?in the worst cases?suffocated to death for lack of oxygen.

                            Brazil is now home to hundreds of new Covid-19 variants, researchers said, warning that other more dangerous versions could emerge the longer the disease is left to fester and mutate, threatening to undermine the progress of other countries against the pandemic.

                            ... Like many doctors across the country, Mr. Parrini said he was seeing more younger patients?many in their 30s and 40s?than during Brazil?s first wave of cases in the middle of last year. Researchers are still trying to understand why.