How are the states in the Northeast dealing with measures of social distance? How are epidemiological indicators in the region? What are the criteria and indicators that can guide the decisions of state governments regarding the easing of social distance? Is it possible to relax now? These and other issues will be discussed by researchers from the Northeast and scientific leaders at the webinar “Pandemia da Covid-19 in Northeast Brazil: Current Situation and Recommendations”, which takes place on Monday, 22, at 2pm.

The meeting is held by the group “Epid-NE Epidemiologists of the Northeast” with the promotion of the Scientific Committee for Combating Coronavirus of the Northeast Consortium and the CoVida Network. On the occasion, the homonymous report will be presented, produced by researchers from the “Subcommittee 9: Epidemiology, mathematical models and coping measures” of the Scientific Committee of the Northeast Consortium and the “Epid-NE Epidemiologists of the Northeast” Group.

Scientific bases

The report “Covid-19 Pandemic in Northeast Brazil: Current Situation and Recommendations” is divided into two parts: the first presents an overview of the situation of Covid-19 in the Northeast Region and the second details criteria and parameters for easing the distance Social. In analyzing the pandemic, the researchers state that “in almost all states, except Bahia and Piauí, the epidemic has reached more than 90% of the municipalities. We observed, to a greater or lesser extent, a reduction in social mobility and a slowdown in the progression of the epidemic in all states in the Northeast. However, the effective reproduction number remains above 1 in all states, indicating that the epidemic is still growing. ”

Regarding the easing of social distance, the document concludes that “the epidemiological situation in which the different States of the Northeast Region are, (…) do not fit, at the present moment, in the criteria and parameters compatible with the recommendation of flexibilization of measures of social distance ”.

Read the report: https://bit.ly/2NlHhOo

Webinar participants:
• Sérgio Rezende – coordinator of the Scientific Committee of the Northeast Consortium
• Luís Eugênio Portela – Vice-president of the World Federation of Public Health Associations
• Gulnar Azevedo – President of Abrasco
• Pedro Vasconcelos – President of the Brazilian Society of Tropical Medicine
• Natalino Salgado Filho – Dean of the Federal University of Maranhão
• Pedro Falcão – Dean of the State University of Pernambuco
• Adélia Pinheiro – Secretary of Science, Technology and Innovation of Bahia
• Sinval Brandão Filho – Director of Fiocruz Pernambuco
• Mauricio Barreto – Coordinator of Cidacs / Fiocruz
• Ricardo Ximenes – Federal University of Pernambuco
• Antônio Augusto Silva – Federal University of Maranhão
• Lígia Kerr – Federal University of Ceará

Registration link: https://bit.ly/2N5CUXQ