Brazil in the time of Covid-19

Ipsos Healthcare study with Brazlians' public opinion and doctor's percpectives regarding the Coronavirus Pandemics.


  • Fabrizio Maciel Head Healthcare, Brasil
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Public Opinion
The seventh wave of the Ipsos coronavirus tracker survey, conducted 2-4 April, found 85% of Brazilians saying they expect things to return to normal by June, slightly more than the levels recorded in China (78%) and India (83%).  Opinion is divided as to whether the economy will recover quickly when the lockdown is over (see results of wave 8 here). The same survey finds more than half of Brazilians now saying they have worn a face mask, up 30 points on the mid-March level.

Our detailed study in Brazil finds the population’s two main concerns are the spread of the virus (56%) and its economic impact (loss of income or employment is mentioned by 27%).43% think that the (federal) Ministry of Health is doing a good job, 40% think so for public hospitals, 37% for private hospitals, 35% for State Governments, but only 29% for mayors or the Federal Government (though the latter receives higher ratings from elderly people).
Open (free) TV channels are the main source of information (77%), followed by social networks (59%), WhatsApp (42%), and closed (paid-for) TV channels (30%).

For more details (in Portuguese) of this study (carried out 28-29 March) please follow this link.

Doctors’ perspectives
On the support received from the Government, 80% of doctors say that they receive diagnostic guides. Meanwhile, 76% consider that hospitals in Brazil weren’t prepared. 
Doctors were asked about their perceptions of people’s awareness of the risks. Some 64% feel that Brazilians aren’t prepared to face this situation but 63% afirm that the population is committed to fighting the epidemic.

By early April , 18% of doctors in Brazil had seen patients who had been tested positively for COVID-19. And around half (45%) said they had patients with symptoms of the sickness but who were not tested. 
The proportion of those who think that a return to the normal will happen 60 days from now stood at (66%). The forecasted timeline for a return to the normal remained within a 2 to 3 months interval, with a possible extension beyond 3 months. 


  • Fabrizio Maciel Head Healthcare, Brasil