Saying 'It Does Not Work' Is Not Enough

The country wants a remedy for everything, but does not want to know about scientific evidence

This was a week of news galore, a quick vote of reforms in Congress, and a healthy dispute to see who could vaccinate the most people. The country is advancing to by leaps and bounds, but as usual, there have been many steps backward.

In this torrent of news, some of it has been interesting. Work conducted by two researchers, one of the University of Oxford and another of Unicamp, shows that the belief in ineffective treatments against Covid-19 goes beyond Jair Bolsonaro. It is linked to sociocultural factors and how Brazilians perceive science and health.

According to a tweet about the study by Cláudia Collucci, we are afraid of the disease, more so than inhabitants of other countries, and we want medical follow-up, treatment, whatever. Half of the interviewees in the survey do not believe in evidence-based medicine protocols. The serious physician is who intervenes, who medicalizes. Even if there is no real remedy for the plague.

Bolsonarism champions healers with a diploma who have already buried half a million people. The discourse of the Negacionist President gains support even from those who do not follow him, as it is based on something rooted in popular culture, the use of medicines.

Early treatment, covid kit, chloroquine and ivermectin, among other so many names and expressions, feed endless discussions in the Senate CPI and the media. It no longer seems evident that Bolsonaro, ministers, and allies can be held accountable for this. As the researchers say, you need to look for other ways to combat misinformation—another Herculean task for journalism and this paper.

The excitement with the vaccine and the prospect of improving the economy, with the resumption of activities, increase the urge to want to believe in anything. Contrasting that with rising cases and deaths is not enough. Writing at each mention that a determined substance has no proven efficacy, such as saying that land is round, is also not enough.


Comments from readers on articles published on the newspaper site ranged from nudges to elbow blows. In the text of Friday (18) on the imprecision of the term "serial killer" for the man wanted in the Federal District and in Goiás the exchange of kindness is subtle. "The largest serial killer of DF lives in Alvorada," one says. "lived, you meant," replies another.

Reflection of the moment of urbanity by which the country crosses, the thing is more complicated in reporting the illustrated on producers and studios are taking characters from the cabinet, from Thursday (17). "I do not know, I think they're exaggerating." "It was already more than at the time! You have to have inclusion and representativeness, yes." "Good thing my children are older." "They saw a way to make more money." "They've always been a minority and always will be." "Democracy is not this immorality."

Democracy is open to comments, despite them.


Last weekend, readers who accessed the digital replica of the printed sheet were surprised by a commercial warning of the newspaper. A new subscription mode now gives access to extra content on the platform and some other advantages. The additional pages seemed to include those of the illustrated, and of course, the change caused indignation among users.

The "upgrade," the term used to alert and repeated ironically by several subscribers who complained to the ombudsman, has costs naturally. The presence of the traditional cultural section of the newspaper in the restricted zone, however, was an error caused by the positioning of the sections at the time of digitization.

Since June 9, the newspaper has offered two digital subscriptions. One gives access to the site and the equivalent application in real-time. The other, the more expensive, also allows you to view the printed version, the corresponding app, sheet edition, and the foliage pages. These bring multiple issues, edited in the format of a printed notebook that only exists in the replica and does not go to the graph. Ancient digital subscriptions maintain access to playback, but not to extra content. Printed subscribers have unrestricted traffic on all platforms.

"The initiative integrates a project of expansion and diversification of the supply of editorial products to our subscribers. No announcement was made prior to launching, a common procedure on the digital platforms. The paper apologizes for the error, corrected at the beginning of Sunday afternoon (13), which made it difficult to access part of the issues, " said the editorial Secretary Vinicius Mota.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon