Corona virus and healthcare in Brazil

Healthcare in Brazil

Healthcare in Brazil is slightly above average in a global comparison.

Probably the most important indicator that can be used to summarize the efficiency of all measures is general life expectancy. In other words, the theoretical age that a newborn child could potentially reach today. At the moment this age in Brazil is 72.0 years for men and 79.4 years for women. For comparison: worldwide life expectancy is about 3.1 years lower (men: 70.4 / women: 74.9 years).

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Distribution of the corona virus

Spread of the corona virus in Brazil

Currently: 11.8 new infections per day per 100,000 inhabitants
The inhabitants of Brazil are also affected by the corona pandemic and the spread of the Sars-Covid-19 virus. By September 27th, 2020, 4732309 infected persons and 141741 deaths have been reported in the country. The first confirmed infections were reported on February 25th, 2020, which is the date of the official notification. An additional 10-14 days are calculated for noticing one's own infection, the doctor's appointment, the laboratory test and, above all, the period from the infection until the first symptoms appear. The country reached its peak so far on July 29th with 69,074 new infected persons.

Covid 19 virus infected in Brazil
Deaths caused by the Covid19 virus in Brazil

The first graph shows the number of infected persons reported. The second graph shows the number of deaths.

Mortality rate of infected persons

From the previously infected and deceased people, in Brazil results in a mortality rate of 3.0%. However, it should be borne in mind that death occurs an average of 19 days after the first symptoms appear. The time of the actual infection is therefore followed by several days until a person affected has a medical test carried out and the results are available. In order to quantify mortality more precisely, one would therefore have to compare the deaths that have occurred to date with those reported 4,495,183 infected up to 10 days ago. This gives in Brazil a new mortality rate of 3.2%.

Due to the current corona pandemic, we update the worldwide case numbers daily. A list of all infected and dead people by country can be found on our Corona virus topic page.

Development in the last days

DateInfected Deaths 
Sun 27th14,318+0.3%335+0.2%
Sat 26th28,378+0.6%869+0.6%
Fri 25th31,911+0.7%729+0.5%
Thu 24th32,817+0.7%831+0.6%
Wed 23rd33,281+0.7%869+0.6%
Tue 22nd33,536+0.7%836+0.6%
Mon 21st13,439+0.3%377+0.3%
Sun 20th16,389+0.4%363+0.3%
Sat 19th33,057+0.7%739+0.5%
Fri 18th39,797+0.9%858+0.6%

Weight and size

Body height173 cm160 cm
Weight78.7 kg68.6 kg


BrazilØ worldwide
Diabetes *10.40%8.81%

* The number of people suffering from diabetes refers only to inhabitants aged between 20 and 79 years.

Child vaccinations

BrazilØ worldwide
Hepatitis B0.08%0.09%
DTP *7.30%8.57%

* DTP is a three times combined basic vaccination against diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough) and tetanus, which should be given to children up to the age of 23 months.
In Brazil, 13.9% of all over 15-year-olds are still smokers.
8 percent of newborns are underweight.

Medical supplies

Medical care provided by doctors and hospitals in Brazil is below average compared to the world population. The country provides 2.2 hospital beds per 1000 inhabitants. The worldwide average here is 2.7 beds and within the EU there are even 5.6 beds for every 1000 inhabitants.

With about 454,000 physicians in Brazil, there are about 2.15 doctors per 1000 inhabitants. Here again the comparison: worldwide this standard is 1.50 physicians per 1000 inhabitants and in the EU even 3.57.

Due to the low level of care, the mortality of major known diseases can only be reduced in comparatively few cases. According to current information, about 17 percent of all people who suffer from cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases or chylomicron retention disease (CRD) still die.


Above data correspond to the information of the World Health Organization, Global Health Workforce Statistics, UNICEF, State of the World's Children, Childinfo, Global Health Observatory Data Repository and OECD. The daily case numbers for the spread of the corona virus come from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).