“Words Matter”: Study Shows How Bolsonaro Hindered Isolation

After incidents of sharp criticism by the President against the quarantine, a survey reported an immediate drop in isolation in pro-Bolsonaro cities.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - President Jair Bolsonaro's statements regarding the novel coronavirus pandemic directly influenced the isolation rate in municipalities where he earned the most votes in the 2018 elections. This is the finding of a study in progress led by three economists from Getulio Vargas College and Cambridge University in the United Kingdom.

For the survey, researchers used anonymous geolocation data from 60 million mobile phones and cross-checked them with data from . . .

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