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Covid-19 no Nordeste do Brasil: primeiro ano de pandemia e incertezas que estão por vir

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Covid-19 no Nordeste do Brasil: primeiro ano de pandemia e incertezas que estão por vir
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Revista de Saúde Pública, June 2021
DOI 10.11606/s1518-8787.2021055003728
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Ligia Regina Franco Sansigolo Kerr, Carl Kendall, Rosa Lívia Freitas de Almeida, Maria Yury Ichihara, Estela Maria L Aquino, Antônio Augusto Moura da Silva, Ricardo Arraes de Alencar Ximenes, Maria de Fatima Pessoa Militão de Albuquerque, Naomar Almeida-Filho, Rafael Felipe Souza, Sinval Pinto Brandão Filho, Wayner Vieira de Souza, Maurício Lima Barreto


To analyze the epidemic of COVID-19 in northeastern Brazil, one of the regions most affected by the virus. The official data for COVID-19, from March 2020 to March 2021 in the states of the Northeast Region (NE), were used. The analysis of capital cities and states for accumulated weekly cases and confirmed deaths was made using the JoinPoint Trend Analysis application. In one year, the Northeast region reported 22.9% of the cases and 21.5% of the deaths in the country due to COVID-19. At the beginning of the pandemic, all states showed a growing number of cases, first in the capitals and then in the interior. Following this wave, decreases are observed in all states and their capitals, but with many still reporting a large number of cases. In the middle of the 2nd semester of 2020 the number of cases begins to increase again simultaneously in states and their capitals-some at explosive speed-especially in late 2020 and early 2021. A similar pattern is observed in deaths, which exceed or approach the peak seen in the first wave. In the first wave, all capitals and northeastern states adopted intense isolation measures. Fortaleza, Recife and Teresina reached the highest isolation index of all capitals, close to 0.60. This index decreases, with a slight growth trend until the end of December. With the exception of Fortaleza and Salvador, the other capitals fell to less than 0.40. The Brazilian NE and the country are in increasingly complicated health, social and economic situations. It is necessary to speed up vaccinations and maintain non-pharmacological measures: face masks, social distancing measures and hygiene care, in addition to policies to protect workers who have lost their incomes and to subsidize small business owners.

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Country Count As %
Unknown 10 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Librarian 2 20%
Student > Master 2 20%
Student > Ph. D. Student 2 20%
Student > Doctoral Student 1 10%
Researcher 1 10%
Other 0 0%
Unknown 2 20%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 2 20%
Nursing and Health Professions 2 20%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 1 10%
Sports and Recreations 1 10%
Social Sciences 1 10%
Other 1 10%
Unknown 2 20%