87.3% of doctors in Brazil were infected with COVID-19 in the last two months, according to a survey released this Thursday by the Brazilian Medical Association (WITH).
According to the survey, the exponential increase in cases, mainly caused by omicron, the new variant of the coronavirus, also affected the mental health of these professionals, of which 51.6% say they are apprehensive and think that anything can affect their health and that of their patients.
The study also noted that 51.1% of doctors said they felt exhausted and another 42.7% said they were anxious. with the current situation of the pandemic in the South American giant.
The opinion of health professionals coincides with the current perception of their work in the country’s health centers, where doctors observed that at least 62.7% of their colleagues are stressed and 64.2% are overworked.
This may be a consequence of the lack of medical personnel, a problem that was pointed out by 44.8% of them.
According to the perception of doctors, 7 out of 10 Brazilians do not use face masks correctly, but the adherence of the population to vaccination against the virus in the country is high for 74% of those surveyed.
Although the doctors applauded the advances in immunization against COVID-19 in the country, they criticized the government in monitoring cases and conducting tests, where only 8% and 21.7% of doctors, respectively, consider that they are being carried out adequately.
The survey involved 3,517 medical professionals from all regions of Brazil, aged between 51 and 70, and who work in public and private hospitals and clinics in the country. They answered an online questionnaire, between January 21 and 31, 2022.
According to the AMB, most of the participants were from the southeast region, which includes the states of Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Minas Gerais and Espírito Santo and which, despite grouping only four of the 27 regions, is the most populous in the world. country, with some 90 million people, almost half of the 213 million who live in Brazil.
With nearly 630 thousand fatalities and 25.7 million positives, the South American giant is one of the countries most affected by the pandemic of COVID-19, ranking second in number of deaths, behind the United States, and third in number of infections, after the North American nation and India.