- Jan 21, 2012
How devastating could Brazil's 'super-covid' be? Study finds coronavirus overwhelmed the country, killing nearly 40% of hospitalized patients as fears grow its variant could ALREADY be in America
- Between February and August, 38% of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in Brazil died of the infection, a new study reveals
- Over that period cases and hospitalizations grew rapidly, overwhelming the health care system and leading to an increase in death rates
- A more infectious variant was reported there in December - but is thought to have first emerged and begun spreading in the Amazonas state in July
- Amazonas is now in a state of crisis, with its health care system in 'collapse' amid surging coronavirus cases
- No cases of the Brazilian variant have been detected in the US so far
- But CDC officials warned the UK variant could become dominant in the US by March, fueling a surge in cases and, ultimately, an increase in COVID-19 deaths
PUBLISHED: 01:57, 16 January 2021 | UPDATED: 04:06, 16 January 2021
Nearly 40 percent of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in Brazil died of the virus as the nation's health care system was inundated with coronavirus cases last year, a new study estimates.
It comes after a more infectious variant of 'super-covid' that scientists worry could evade vaccines emerged in Brazil.
That variant was discovered in the Amazonas, a Brazilian state in the Northwest of the South American country. Scientists believe it may have been circulating there as early as July.