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COVID-19 in Brazil: advantages of a socialized unified health system and preparation to contain cases


  • Julio Croda Universidade Federal do Mato Grosso do Sul
  • Wanderson Kleber de Oliveira Ministério da Saúde, Secretária de Vigilância em Saúde, Brasília, DF, Brasil
  • Rodrigo Lins Frutuoso Ministério da Saúde, Departamento de Saúde Ambiental e Saúde do Trabalhador, Brasília, DF, Brasil
  • Luiz Henrique Mandetta Ministério da Saúde, Brasília, DF, Brasil
  • Djane Clarys Baia-da-Silva Universidade do Estado do Amazonas, Manaus, AM, Brasil
  • José Diego Brito-Sousa Universidade do Estado do Amazonas, Manaus, AM, Brasil
  • Wuelton Marcelo Monteiro Universidade do Estado do Amazonas, Manaus, AM, Brasil
  • Marcus Vinícius Guimarães Lacerda Universidade do Estado do Amazonas, Manaus, AM, Brasil



COVID19, Brazil, Socialized unified health system, Measures


The outbreak of new coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) reported for the first time in Wuhan, China in late December 2019 have rapidly spread to other countries and it was declared on January 30, 2020 as a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC) by the World Health Organization. Before the first COVID-19 cases were reported in Brazil, several measures have been implemented including the adjustment of legal framework to carry out isolation and quarantine. As the cases increased significantly, new measures, mainly to reduce mortality and severe cases, have also been implemented. Rapid and robust preparedness actions have been undertaken in Brazil while first cases have not yet been identified in Latin-American. The outcome of this early preparation should be analyzed in future studies.


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2020-04-06 — Updated on 2020-04-08



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