Covid-19 infections and deaths in Brazil continue to grow at an alarming pace: at the time of publication (8 July 2020), the Latin American country has recorded over 1 million and 670 thousands infections, and nearly 67,000 fatalities, making it the second worst nation in the world on both counts (the US is first). Several days in recent months have seen deaths going over the 1,000 bar. The country hit the international headlines yesterday, as President Jair Bolsonaro announced that he tested positive for Covid-19, Carolina Parreiras* and Viviane Mattar** wrote on 8 Jul 2020.
* Carolina Parreiras is an anthropologist and a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Anthropology, University of São Paulo (Brazil), and a member of NUMAS (Centre for the Study of Social Markers of Difference) at the same university. She is also an adjunct professor at the Graduate Programme in Social Anthropology, University of Campinas.
** Viviane Mattar is a nutritionist and a PhD candidate in Public Health at the Institute of Social Medicine, Rio de Janeiro State University (Brazil), and a member of CLAM.