Coronavirus

In São Paulo, coronavirus spreads equally among social classes

In São Paulo, coronavirus spreads equally among social classes
São Paulo subway. Photo: Jair Ferreira Belafacce/Shutterstock

At the beginning of the pandemic, the coronavirus spread was also a tale of inequality. Poorer populations — forced to break quarantines in order to go to work — were much more exposed than wealthier Brazilians. And data showed that black people were much more affected by the pandemic midway through 2020.

Now, the coronavirus appears to have penetrated all social classes and race groups in a similar manner. The findings come from the latest numbers of São Paulo’s serological study and were reported by newspaper Folha de S.Paulo.

This even spread of the virus is credited to the holiday season, when luxury resorts went about their business as usual — throwing lavish New Year’s Eve celebrations to thousands of revelers often disobeying social distancing rules and not using masks. 

Carnival starts on February 13, and many cities will use law enforcement to avoid similar scenes, as we explained in our Daily Briefing.

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