As confirmed Covid-19 cases balloon in Brazil, the federal government could bring school holidays forward in order to contain the virus’ spread, a move being pulled by several countries. As a matter of fact, many state authorities—notably in Rio de Janeiro and Brasília—have already begun to suspend classes in reaction to the World Health Organization declaring a global pandemic. In the U.S., where over 10,000 schools are shut or about to close, three dozen infectious disease experts signed a letter calling on New York Mayor Bill de Blasio to close all schools. According to experts, school closures have helped authorities contain past pandemics.
In Brazil, however, authorities have a reason not to jump the gun—