The Challenge of Fighting Covid-19 in Manaus, Where Half the Populace Live in Favelas

The cluster of dwellings makes social isolation difficult and favors the spread of the disease.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - First came the chills, body pain, and fever. Then 48-year-old Maria Auxiliadora Lisboa lost all smell and taste. Faced with the many symptoms typical of Covid-19 for some days, she decided to seek a hospital on May 8th.

"But not the community hospital. It's so crowded that doctors are unable to see everyone. Many people advised me to remain home, have a cup of tea, prepare a home remedy. But I alone knew what I was feeling, I needed help", says the unemployed woman from the Redenção favela in Manaus. A . . .

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