A survey conducted in early September, in 70 Brazilian favelas, shows that 87% of respondents know someone who had a covid-19. The study also points out that 13% say they have been infected by the new coronavirus (covid-19) and another 28% do not know whether or not they have been contaminated.
The data are contained in the Coronavirus in Favelas survey, carried out by Data Favela, a partnership with the Locomotiva Institute and the Central Única das Favelas (Cufa).
“We already knew that the virus was never democratic in a country as unequal as ours. The poor take more covid than the rest of Brazilians in a dramatic proportion, as this survey showed,” said, in a note, Renato Meirelles, founder of the Data Favela and president of the Locomotiva Institute.
According to the survey, the situation is even more delicate when measuring the impact of the pandemic on the economy of these families: 84% declared that they earned half or less than they had before the disease arrived in Brazil.
Almost three quarters of respondents said they were very concerned about their own health in the face of the pandemic. Almost 60% of favela residents believe that the country is still in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic and 14% believe that Brazil is in the final stage.
“Social distancing is fiction for families who share a room and the same bathroom. The favela is more vulnerable,” said Celso Athayde, founder of Cufa and Data Favela.
Also according to the study, 94% of respondents said they left home in the past seven days. Of these, 34% left every day.