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Wed Jan 27, 2021, 09:27 PM

The Amazonian city that hatched the Brazil variant has been crushed by it



The Nossa Senhora Aparecida cemetery, where covid-19 victims are buried, in Manaus, Brazil.
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By
Terrence McCoy and
Heloísa Traiano
Jan. 27, 2021 at 12:18 p.m. CST

Another surge was coming. This time, Uildéia Galvăo thought they were prepared.
Galvăo, the lead physician in the coronavirus ward at a public hospital in the Brazilian city of Manaus, had been haunted by the wave that crashed last spring. In less than 10 days, it ruptured the city’s bewildered medical system. Sick patients were turned away. The dead were piled into mass graves.

So Galvăo’s hospital organized contingency plans. Additional beds were reserved, and a detailed schedule for opening them was created.

But the new surge, when it came, was different. The virus had mutated, with a suite of alterations that probably made it more transmissible — and perhaps more lethal. Manaus was hit by what scientists call the P.1 variant. This time, it didn’t take 10 days to overwhelm Galvăo’s hospital. It took 24 hours.

Even in a city as traumatized as Manaus, the horror has been unlike anything doctors have seen. The oxygen quickly ran out. Dozens of hospital patients have died of asphyxiation. Scores more, unable to get care, have died at home. Every half-hour, one doctor said, a funeral procession rumbled toward the cemetery.

“We had a plan,” Galvăo said. “We increased the availability of beds. But even with that, there was strangulation.”

More:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/01/27/coronavirus-brazil-variant-manaus/

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Jan 27, 2021, 09:30 PM

1. Hatched seems a strange word to use

Having said that, this is scary as hell.

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Wed Jan 27, 2021, 10:18 PM

2. This extremely disturbing...


The parallels between Brazil and USA are so similar.

Word seems to be getting out, tho. I'm seeing many more people wearing masks in stores now, in my red state area.

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