Washington Post: Brazil has become South America’s superspreader event

Washington Post: Brazil has become South America’s superspreader event. “With a sense of dread, the doctor watched the patients stream into his intensive care unit. For weeks, César Salomé, a physician in Lima’s Hospital Mongrut, had followed the chilling reports. A new coronavirus variant, spawned in the Amazon rainforest, had stormed Brazil and driven its health system to the brink of collapse. Now his patients, too, were arriving far sicker, their lungs saturated with disease, and they were dying within days. Even the young and healthy didn’t appear protected. The new variant, he realized, was here.”

AP: As daily deaths near 4,000, worst may lie ahead for Brazil

AP: As daily deaths near 4,000, worst may lie ahead for Brazil. “The nation’s seven-day average of 2,400 deaths stands to reach to 3,000 within weeks, six experts told the Associated Press. That’s nearly the worst level seen by the U.S., though Brazil has two-thirds its population. Spikes of daily deaths could soon hit 4,000; on Friday there were 3,650.”

Medical XPress: In Brazil, COVID increasingly hitting the young

Medical XPress: In Brazil, COVID increasingly hitting the young. “Leading the morning medical meeting at an intensive care unit in Sao Paulo, Jaques Sztajnbok reviews his COVID-19 patients. Two, aged 56 and 53, are on ventilators. A third is breathing on his own, but writhing in agony. He is 26 years old. There are fewer wrinkles and less gray hair among patients in Brazil’s intensive care units as the country reels from a surge in COVID-19 that is increasingly hitting people under 60.”

New York Times: Aruká Juma, Last Man of His Tribe, Is Dead

New York Times: Aruká Juma, Last Man of His Tribe, Is Dead. “Aruká Juma saw his Amazon tribe dwindle to just a handful of individuals during his lifetime. Numbering an estimated 15,000 in the 18th century, disease and successive massacres by rubber tappers, loggers and miners ravaged his people. An estimated 100 remained in 1943; a massacre in 1964 left only six, including him.”

‘Covid is taking over’: Brazil plunges into deadliest chapter of its epidemic (The Guardian)

The Guardian: ‘Covid is taking over’: Brazil plunges into deadliest chapter of its epidemic. “At the end of last year Brazil’s president, Jair Bolsonaro – a Donald Trump-worshiping populist who has gleefully sabotaged Covid containment efforts – declared his country had reached ‘the tail end’ of what was already one of the world’s worst outbreaks. Bolsonaro was wrong. Three months later Latin America’s largest nation has lost almost 100,000 more lives – taking its total death toll to more than 275,000, second only to the US – and been plunged into the deadliest chapter of its 13-month epidemic.”

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

CNN: Brazil plunges into crisis as a second wave and deadly new variant overwhelm hospitals. “Brazil has broken its own record three times this month for number of deaths in a 24-hour period. On Wednesday, Brazil’s Health Ministry registered a devastating new high — 2,286 lives lost to the virus. In total, more than 270,000 people are known to have died due to Covid-19, making Brazil’s the second-highest national death toll after the United States.”

Covid: Brazil experts issue warning as hospitals ‘close to collapse’ (BBC)

BBC: Covid: Brazil experts issue warning as hospitals ‘close to collapse’. “Health systems in most of Brazil’s largest cities are close to collapse because of Covid-19 cases, its leading health institute warns. More than 80% of intensive care unit beds are occupied in the capitals of 25 of Brazil’s 27 states, Fiocruz said. Experts warn that the highly contagious variant in Brazil may have knock-on effects in the region and beyond.”

Poynter: Facebook has an apparent double standard over COVID-19 misinformation in Brazil, researchers say

Poynter: Facebook has an apparent double standard over COVID-19 misinformation in Brazil, researchers say. “Researchers want Facebook’s Oversight Board to evaluate the platform’s exemption of politicians from fact-checking after new research from Brazillian fact-checking organization Agência Lupa pointed to 29 examples of President Jair Bolsonaro spreading COVID-19 misinformation.”

Covid-19: Mystery UK person with Brazil variant found (BBC)

BBC: Covid-19: Mystery UK person with Brazil variant found. “A mystery person in the UK infected with the Covid variant of concern first found in Brazil has now been traced. Last week, it was announced that six cases of the P.1 variant had been found in the UK – but the identity of one of the cases was unknown. The person, who lives in Croydon, has been traced, as have their contacts.”

New York Times: Brazil’s Covid Crisis Is a Warning to the Whole World, Scientists Say

New York Times: Brazil’s Covid Crisis Is a Warning to the Whole World, Scientists Say. “No other nation that experienced such a major outbreak is still grappling with record-setting death tolls and a health care system on the brink of collapse. Many other hard-hit nations are, instead, taking tentative steps toward a semblance of normalcy. But Brazil is battling a more contagious variant that has trampled one major city and is spreading to others, even as Brazilians toss away precautionary measures that could keep them safe.”

New York Times: Virus Variant in Brazil Infected Many Who Had Already Recovered From Covid-19

New York Times: Virus Variant in Brazil Infected Many Who Had Already Recovered From Covid-19. “…three studies offer a sobering history of P.1’s meteoric rise in the Amazonian city of Manaus. It most likely arose there in November and then fueled a record-breaking spike of coronavirus cases. It came to dominate the city partly because of an increased contagiousness, the research found. But it also gained the ability to infect some people who had immunity from previous bouts of Covid-19. And laboratory experiments suggest that P.1 could weaken the protective effect of a Chinese vaccine now in use in Brazil.”

AP: Brazil Carnival goes online with street parties banned

AP: Brazil Carnival goes online with street parties banned. “Brazil is still recording an average of more than 1,000 deaths a day from the pandemic and as in many countries, immunization campaigns have been lagging. The Sambadromes of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo that normally throb with partying this time of year after being used as vaccination stations.”

The Atlantic: The Brazil Variant Is Exposing the World’s Vulnerability

The Atlantic: The Brazil Variant Is Exposing the World’s Vulnerability. “Even in a year of horrendous suffering, what is unfolding in Brazil stands out. In the rainforest city of Manaus, home to 2 million people, bodies are reportedly being dropped into mass graves as quickly as they can be dug. Hospitals have run out of oxygen, and people with potentially treatable cases of COVID-19 are dying of asphyxia. This nature and scale of mortality have not been seen since the first months of the pandemic. This is happening in a very unlikely place. Manaus saw a devastating outbreak last April that similarly overwhelmed systems, infecting the majority of the city. Because the morbidity was so ubiquitous, many scientists believed the population had since developed a high level of immunity that would preclude another devastating wave of infection.”