The Brazilian Health Ministry has decided to temporarily take down a government app designed to help doctors and patients navigate the early stages of coronavirus infections, launched less than a week ago. In many ways, the short-lived algorithm epitomized the way the Jair Bolsonaro administration tackled the pandemic. That is, it was an ineffective tool predicated on prescribing unproven treatments against Covid-19.
The app — named TrateCOV or, “Treat Covid” — consisted of a broad triage assessment with a number of questions regarding symptoms and potential exposure to people with confirmed coronavirus diagnoses. Once doctors or patients filled in all of their relevant details, the app would provide treatment suggestions based on the “coronavirus risk level” denoted from the answers.