Bringing in Brazil, which according to this guy pretty much ignored
the masks and lockdown. Of course the site is 'lockdownsceptic'
so take as you will.
Brazil – Not the Disaster We’ve Been Led to Believe
I’d like to pause to make a very important point here. While social distancing measures were
put in place in all these states, they were barely adhered to. Uber rich São Paulo probably did
the best at keeping people inside, but the northeastern and Amazonian states are among
Brazil’s poorest. People needed to keep working to survive. And Rio: Hah, forget it. Anyone
who has spent any time there knows that you simply can’t tell the cariocas what to do.
Distancing there made Sweden look like North Korea. By the time Bolsonaro started
demanding the economies re-open, most people had already decided to go back to work.
Okay, but you say that Brazil is still seeing high death and case counts? Yes, you are absolutely right. When an epidemic is allowed to move around a massive
country like Brazil without constantly being squashed by repeated
economy-destroying regional lockdowns, it affects different areas at different
times, drives up their numbers, sees them fall, then moves on, hits other areas and drives up
their numbers, affecting the overall numbers for the country while obscuring a lot of
progress everywhere else (see: the Sunbelt Spike in the USA). Yet the media likes to pretend
that this is due to governors ‘failing’ with their lockdowns as the epidemic moves to their
area. Cue up the hysteria now about the US midwest, as the Sunbelt Spike has now been
ended (without using, I might add, hard lockdowns).
In Brazil, while great swathes of the country are now basically back to normal, the case and
death growth in Brazil is now being driven by a raging epidemic in the densely populated far
south and the much poorer central core of the country.
Why would Brazil have been any different? People without a single clue between them talk
like Bolsonaro could have locked down the country by decree and Brazilians would have
obeyed passively like in Auckland, and we would have the same death toll as Denmark. These
people have never been to Brazil. The effort it would have taken to suppress the unruly and
increasingly desperate population of 207 million highly unequal people spread out from
megacities to jungle tribes would have required full on martial law being reinstated in a
country that was a military dictatorship until the 1960s. Even that might not have worked.
Blood would have been shed for sure. Seriously, is this what the ‘progressives’ want? The
subjugation of one of the most free spirited countries on Earth by the military? All to try, and
surely fail, to snuff out a vírus so deadly you have to be tested to see if you have it? Has the
world gone crazy?
Oh, and Bolsonaro the butcher? The man leading the Brazilian people to the slaughterhouse?
He just hit his highest approval rating since the election.
Brazil is a land of lockdown skeptics, Covid deniers, and miracle cure enthusiasts, and many
Brazilians feel pretty happy with their leadership, despite the death toll. While everyone else
is gearing up for the second wave, we are looking forward to getting back to normal when
the epidemic runs its natural course, vaccine or no vaccine. Maybe, just maybe, we can still
have Carnival next year.