Coronavirus

Covid-19 spreads to small towns, where patients are far from care

Millions of Brazilians have no access to healthcare. Some, due to geographic challenges. Others, due to social barriers

Covid-19 spreads to small towns, where patients are far from care
Health unit in the Greater Belém Area. Photo: Cícero Pedrosa Neto/Amazônia Real

A report from the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz) shows that Covid-19 has now spread to small Brazilian towns, leaving patients far away from intensive care units. More and more people will be forced to travel long distances in order to seek treatment in large urban centers, according to the study, published on May 20. But this is not the only problem: even for those who live near hospitals, the lack of access to privately held ICU beds prevents many from receiving adequate health care. 

Fiocruz is one of Brazil’s leading references on public health issues. Its study was based on...

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