The consequences of an uncontrolled epidemic are becoming more tragic, and even pain medications are now scarce. And patients in intensive care units are getting younger and younger.
Christophe Guork from Buenos Aires
In Brazilian hospitals, as a result of the Covid-19 epidemic, beds in intensive care units are no longer the only rare ones, but also pain relievers. Doctors and hospital staff report that patients should be intubated without anesthesia, with full awareness and connection with their beds.
The number of people officially infected with the virus surpassed 14 million in the middle of this week, and this month alone up to 100,000 people could die of or related to Covid-19 – these are just the official numbers. In the state of São Paulo, life expectancy fell for the first time in eight decades, as cities like Rio de Janeiro reported more deaths than births. Experts are also concerned that patients are getting younger and younger.
For a long time, the virus was primarily seen as a threat to the elderly and the chronically ill, but now more and more young Brazilians need treatment. At the beginning of April, the Association of Emergency Doctors reported that it was for the first time since the start of the epidemic The majority of patients in intensive care units are under the age of 40 Be old. The media is talking about celebs and actors who were healthy until recently, but are now hanging on to ventilators and fighting for their lives in hospital beds.
This week, news came that in Brazil since the pandemic began, more than 850 children have died from the pathogen, including 518 infants. Experts fear the actual number of deaths will be much higher, simply because Covid-19 diseases are rarely recognized in children.
Despite the high number of infections, Brazil is still testing very little. This not only means that the virus can spread further, often diseases are diagnosed with the pathogen only when there are already severe symptoms and complications. In Brazil, large parts of the population suffer from chronic malnutrition, including many children. This means that your bodies are less able to defend themselves against the virus.
It is likely that the main reason for the high number of underage Covid-19 victims is above all The colossal mass of inflammationLocated in the country, experts say. The country’s already ailing health system is becoming less able to withstand the attack, and more and more patients who would otherwise have been saved are dying.
It is unclear if the P.1 variant affects more young adults. Collapse of the health system distorts numbers.
It must be linked to the fact that the number of infections currently being measured in Brazil is higher than it has been since the start of the epidemic Distribution of variable p 1 Related. It is considered to be much more contagious and has long since spread to large parts of the continent. Across South America, the number of infections is currently increasing exponentially.
However, it is not clear whether the variant is also more dangerous and can lead to more severe symptoms. Experts also disagree on whether P.1 also affects young adults more intensely. Here, too, the collapse of the health system skews the numbers. At the same time, the fact that the number of elderly people being admitted today is less could be an initial success for the Brazilian vaccination campaign.
Only 9 out of 210 million Brazilians were fully immunized, and only 12 percent of the population had ever received a dose. However, many of the vaccines come from high-risk groups. While a quarter of Brazil’s Covid 19 deaths were over 80 in February, that number fell to a fifth in March.
The boys have to go out to work
While the elderly are now either protected by vaccination or at least kept away from the crowds, young Brazilians in particular are at risk of infection. Many have no other choice: nearly half of Brazilians only have a precarious employment contract: if they stay at home, they will earn nothing. Despite the high number of infections, there have also been reports of illegal parties in recent weeks, sometimes with thousands of visitors, and evangelical churches celebrate mass attended by hundreds of believers.
President Jair Bolsonaro In addition, she still shows herself in public without a mask and opposes business closures and curfews. An investigation committee is now examining whether there have been any failures in fighting the virus. In addition, there are growing voices calling for isolation measures.