The effect Bolsonaro

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An article published by the IPS, begins with a paragraph controversial, but whose content does not deviate too much from reality: “There are strong competitors in the world, but the president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, gains the upper hand in the dispute for the title of champion of the death of the pandemic COVID-19, for playing politics with millions of lives”.

It is not the first criticism was devastating against Bolsonaro (and probably have been worse), a president who makes of the controversy and the disqualification to those who think different, your style of management.

Bolsonaro denied global warming, dismissed the thousands of acres that burned in the Amazon, tried to ignorant to Greta Thunberg, denied the science on several occasions, he told a deputy that she did not violate “fea” and has the habit of trying to “face of gay” to journalists who differ with their thinking.

But the posture of Bolsonaro, an ex military man of the Army (whose dictatorship praised repeatedly), compared to the pandemic coronavirus surpassed everything imagined: then to deny their existence and accusing the press, refused to follow the recommendations of the WHO.

And the Thursday “jumped without a parachute”, according to the general opinion, when he removed to his minister of Health, Luiz Henrique Mandetta, of whose measures was to take issue publicly and saboteándolas in forays through the streets, to join their followers in demonstrations of support, and attending to shopping and churches.

Bolsonaro not only persists in underestimating the risks of the COVID-19. He also rejected the policy driven by the Ministry of Health and the regional governments with good results, and approved by the WHO and experts from around the world.

Assumed so, personally, the responsibility for the future of the healthcare crisis, by removing Mandetta, whose work was also won over a great popular support. A survey by the Institute Datafolha attributed to him at the beginning of April the approval of 76 percent of respondents, against 33 per cent to Bolsonaro.

Popular support for the former minister was expressed in pot banging and shouts of “Out Bolsonaro” in the largest brazilian cities minutes after news of the president’s decision.

In addition to punish his minister for a work supported by almost all the governors of the 27 brazilian states, and by professionals of medicine, the president did so in a moment that plays against their own political destiny.

Epidemiologists expected by consensus an acceleration of the spread of coronavirus in Brazil for the next few weeks, with its peak in may. By more than that trend was already set, it will be difficult for the population do not blame the president.

His popularity, which had stabilized at about a third of the electorate after a strong decline in the first months of his mandate, which started in January of 2019, tends to a new downturn because of their attitude to the pandemic and the case Mandetta.

The disaster will be more heartbreaking if the bodies begin to pile up in hospitals, mortuaries, slums, or streets, as happens in the city ecuatoriana de Guayaquil.

Mandetta, an orthopedist, was replaced by Nelson Teich, an oncologist, who took possession with an ambiguous discourse. He rejected a “definition abrupt” of the policy to be adopted, indicating that there is soon to change the guidelines of its predecessor, but ensured a “complete alignment” with Bolsonaro.

Is Bolsonaro who opposes health care and the economy. He argued that it would be best to restore the economic activities to prevent the bankruptcy of enterprises and unemployment.

Does not admit that a pandemic uncontrolled, with thousands of dead per day, and the collapse of the health system, it would cause economic damage worse, to terrorize the population, kill or incapacitate the part of workers and consumers, disrupt chains of production and transport, affecting vital activities today preserved.

Latin america also must be prepared for the “effect Bolsonaro”, because it will hurt the region. Without a doubt.