Brazil Has Lost More Nursing Staff to Covid-19 Than Italy and Spain Together

Since the outbreak of the crisis, 73 Brazilian health care workers have been killed by Covid-19. Lack of protection equipment and nursing care for the elderly contribute to the high mortality rate.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Veteran nurse Carla Mileni Siqueira dos Santos collected the material for testing the first person suspected of Covid-19 in the small town of Rondon do Pará (Pará State) in mid-March.

The situation was daunting: an incurable disease, of which little was known, in a modest hospital of a 52,000 inhabitants town. With over 20 years in health care, Carla did what she had always done throughout her career: she reassured the patient, an elderly woman, and calmly carried out the protocol for testing the disease.

Despite taking all precautions, days later she herself . . .

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