RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Conexão Saúde is considered a successful model of how the pandemic could have been controlled.
Through mass testing, teleconsultation, food for those who need to remain in isolation, hygiene kits, and communications to fight fake news, a social project managed to reduce deaths from Covid-19 by 61% in Maré, a complex of 16 favelas in Rio de Janeiro, with some 140,000 residents.
In July 2020, the Covid-19 mortality rate in the region was 148 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants. This May, it closed at 57 per 100,000. In the same . . .