One Hundred Days of Solitude Amid São Paulo’s Pandemic

São Paulo residents report the impact of the disruption of social life caused by Covid-19. Sleep disorders; lack or excess of appetite; and little interest in doing things have all become common during isolation.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - It has been a hundred days since designer Paulo Sampaio, 33, saw his life change abruptly. From a last free weekend outing to a walk in Ibirapuera Park, which ended up in a pub, he went into sudden isolation inside his home. It was the new reality imposed by the novel coronavirus pandemic, which was triggering its first signs of alarm in Brazil.

The following Monday, March 16th, schools were starting to close in São Paulo. Cultural activities were also interrupted, amid a range of measures aimed at slowing down mass contagion to ensure that . . .

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