Coronavirus ‘super-spreading’ cities helped cause Brazil’s Covid collapse

Coronavirus ‘super-spreader’ cities helped collapse in Brazil
São Paulo is Brazil’s coronavirus epicenter. Photo: Paulo Pinto/Fotos Publicas

A study published by Scientific Reports magazine lists three main factors that pushed Brazil’s Covid-19 epidemic beyond control: the unequal distribution of health resources, traffic on highways, and the existence of “super-spreading” cities.

The four Brazilian scientists who conducted the study base their conclusions on the fact that 98 percent of coronavirus cases within the three first months of the pandemic were recorded in just 17 cities.

“Indeed, the contiguous diffusion among highly interconnected cities within metropolitan areas has been shown to act as a supplementary spreading mechanism, shaping geographical patterns of Covid-19 cases,” wrote the researchers.

They also mentioned that the implementation of transit restrictions and a more egalitarian distribution of ICU beds would reduce the impact of Covid-19 in Brazil. 

On June 19, Brazil surpassed the sad milestone of 500,000 coronavirus deaths, as thousands of Brazilians went to the streets to protest against the government’s denialism.