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Health professionals left abandoned on the Covid-19 frontline

Numerous reports have surfaced of overworked health professionals being left without PPE in Brazilian hospitals

Health professionals Doctors and nurses left abandoned on the frontline in fight against Covid-19
Photo: Andréa Rêgo Barros/PCR

Estimates from the World Health Organization show that between 8 and 10 percent of health professionals worldwide will be infected during the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. As of April 20, almost 2.5 million cases had been confirmed across 210 countries.

There are as of yet no official surveys on the infection rates of healthcare workers in Brazil, but weekly TV magazine show Fantástico broadcasted a segment last week reporting 18 deaths of doctors and nurses who had contracted the virus. The report stated that 1,400 health professionals had been infected and another 7,000 were on leave from work...

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