Among countries with high coronavirus numbers — and reliable data collection — there is a clear pattern of the majority of patients who die from Covid-19 being 60-plus years old. While that is also the case in Brazil, the majority is much slimmer: some 26 percent of fatal victims in the country were under 60.
As a comparison, in Italy, less than 5 percent of all deaths were in patients below the age of 60.
This can partly be explained by Brazil having a younger population. Senior citizens comprise one-third of the Italian population.
But the numbers also suggest other factors in play, such as poorer nutrition conditions, less access to healthcare, and inferior living conditions. The findings are further corroboration to the idea that Brazil’s massive inequality levels have contributed to the spread of the coronavirus in the country.Support this coverage →