At a time when the country has just survived the deadliest month of the pandemic and experts are already predicting a third wave of Covid-19 cases, the level of isolation of Brazilians is at its lowest since the beginning of restrictions imposed to contain the spread of coronavirus.
Datafolha research shows that three out of ten Brazilian adults (30%) are fully socially isolating or leave home only when unavoidable. This percentage, which had its highest rate at the beginning of April 2020, with 72%, was 49% in March this year.
Of that 30%, 2% say they do not leave the house under any circumstances - a drop of six percentage points in relation to March 2021 (8%) and a figure far from the 18% registered in a survey in April last year, right at the beginning of the pandemic.
Those who declare leaving home only when inevitable add up to 28%, well below the 41% recorded in the survey last March, when the country was facing the peak of the second wave of Covid-19, with a lack of ICU beds, oxygen and medication for patient intubation.
Translated by Kiratiana Freelon