In 2020, 211,611 victims of the disease were recorded and another 37,163 deaths were detected in the Kaio Lakaio/VEJA study
A study published in the scientific journal Plos Global Public Health estimates that Brazil had 18% more deaths from Covid-19 in 2020, the first year of the pandemic, than the number recorded. According to the group of Brazilians that reviewed data on a sample of 1,365 deaths in three Brazilian capitals, there was underreporting of episodes, caused by the novelty of the disease.
In the work, the researchers analyzed medical records and forensic reports to verify inaccuracies in the cause of death, in the case of filling as respiratory failure or unspecified pneumonia, in Belo Horizonte, Natal and Salvador. In 2020, there were 211,611 victims of the disease and another 37,163 deaths were detected in the study.
“As the patient died quickly, there was no time to make the diagnosis and the certificate had the immediate cause of death, but the real cause was Covid”, explains the doctor. LOOK epidemiologist Fatima Marinho, a senior consultant at Vital Strategies and one of the authors of the study.
According to Fatima, who is also a professor at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), the group will apply the correction to 2021 data and the finding may help in understanding the impact of the pandemic. “It will serve to correct the national data, because it puts back the issue of severity and gives an alert for the next waves, because the pandemic is not over.”
Another important point is to provide feedback to families who were not sure of the real cause of death of loved ones. “Respiratory failure is not a cause of death, because everyone stops breathing when they die. It’s too bad not knowing the cause. We interviewed many of the families and people wanted to talk about it. It was a very emotional moment.”
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