In Brazil, there is a shortage of intensive care beds and pain relievers for Corona treatments and vaccines. The situation is so precarious that even children are dying.
Nearly 375,000 people have died from the coronavirus in Brazil, according to health ministry data. Tages-Anzeiger newspaper now reports that patients in intensive care units are getting younger and younger and even children and infants are falling victim to the virus. The newspaper wrote, since many children suffer from “chronic malnutrition”, their bodies cannot fight the virus well.
Since the epidemic began, more than 850 children have died from the virus, including 518 infants. According to experts, the number of unreported cases is much higher. At the beginning of April, the Association of Emergency Physicians reported that the majority of patients in intensive care units in Brazil are now under the age of 40.
The situation in Brazil is so risky that patients have to be intubated without anesthesia and consciously, as there is a shortage of analgesics. In this month alone, up to 100,000 people could die from or because of the coronavirus, Tages-Anziger writes. In all, nearly 14 million people have contracted the Coronavirus in Brazil, a country of 210 million people.
Life expectancy in São Paulo is declining
Due to the Corona pandemic, life expectancy has decreased in the most populous state of São Paulo in Brazil: it decreased by one year in 2020 compared to 2019, from 76.4 to 75.4 years. According to the German News Agency (DPA), this is evidenced by a study conducted by the State Data Analysis System (SEADE). This means a drop in life expectancy to where it was seven years ago.
São Paulo has a population of 40 million. Nearly 89,000 people have died in the state due to the Coronavirus. According to various studies and statistics, life expectancy has also decreased in the United States and almost all European Union countries due to the Corona pandemic.