There comes a time when it is no longer said: “My God”, as Carlos Drummond de Andrade, from Minas Gerais, observes in one of his best known poems, The shoulders support the world. At least this is the impression of those who try to talk about the progress of the new coronavirus with residents of the Belvedere and Buritis neighborhoods, where the State of Minas circulated yesterday afternoon. According to the city hall, the two neighborhoods – located in the Center-South and West regions – lead the ranking of cases of COVID-19 in the capital. The news does not change the expression or tone of voice of most of the people approached by the report. “Oh yes? I didn’t even know. ” “I heard.” “Say it is,” commented the interviewees when confronted with the situation. Like someone who receives the news that it is going to rain.
Not that there is any reason to panic. The epidemiological bulletin of the PBH, released on Wednesday (17), points out 30 infected (four of them in serious condition) and one death from the disease in the Belvedere. Buritis, first on the list, appears in the report with 35 infected (two serious), with no deaths. Across BH, there are 24,906 confirmed cases of coronavirus, according to the State Department of Health. But no one is safe among sick neighbors or within the country, which borders 50,000 people killed by the virus. The apparent insensitivity that almost all residents questioned by MS demonstrated when talking about the subject sounds like a symptom that the pandemic has altered the definitions of normality in a broader way than can be estimated.
For the reseller Eduardo Ribeiro, the population is fulfilling the recommended
A resident of the surroundings of BH Shopping, where the movement was moderate and without agglomerations – Eliana Machado, 69, took her daily walk through Lagoa Seca “without neuras”, an expression she uses to define her way of facing the global outbreak. The fact that Belvedere concentrates the second largest volume of infected by the coronavirus does not seem to affect the decorator. “I didn’t know that. But I am protected. I have no contact with people who have COVID-19. For me, it’s cool, ”he commented.
The decorator took the opportunity to criticize the press for the denunciations of agglomerations in the main tracks of sports and leisure practices in the capital, registered mainly in early April. “There are sensational things and we have to be very careful with that. Today, the news, we have to put it on the scale, ”he complained. Yesterday, the movement in Lagoa Seca, which was surrounded by bars, was small. Whoever went for a walk or exercise on the spot wore masks and respected the distance instructed by the health authorities. Although the practice of outdoor sports during the pandemic is not exactly recommended.
Student Vanessa Gomes believes that people still have parties at home
On Avenida Luiz Paulo Franco, a strong commercial spot in Belvedere, dealer Eduardo Ribeiro, 24, walked the dog along the sidewalk with the mask positioned below his chin. Corrected the position of the item when seeing the cameras of the report. He did not react to being informed about the spread of COVID-19 in the region and assessed that the local community is reasonably fulfilling social isolation. “As in the whole city, (the movement) is already starting to come back. But nothing like it before. I believe that the population is fulfilling the recommended ”, he pointed out, pointing to the stores in the neighborhood – without long lines or riots.
Office boy Guilherme Mendes, 19, does not live at Belvedere. He has worked for three months in a real estate store at Luiz Paulo Franco. Resigned, he says he does not fear the pandemic scenario in the neighborhood, but believes that the reopening of trade may help to aggravate the situation. “There are a lot of people who come here to work. The bus is always very crowded. Sometimes it helps ”, he ponders.
Guilherme Mendes says he does not fear the pandemic scenario in Belvedere
In Buritis, close to Avenida Mário Werneck – where the movement was little greater than that observed in Belvedere – people were not very willing to interview. They feared being “inspected” in some way. Valkíria Damasceno, 51, accepted after some insistence, but was brief in the answers. “I heard about (the spread of the virus in Buritis). So, I come here quickly, do what I have to do and leave, ”he justified. Asked about the agglomerations in bars and sports courts once caught in the region, the teacher says that respect for social isolation has improved in the region, especially after the complaints and intensified inspection. “Here in the neighborhood, after 7 pm, there is no one on the street anymore,” he said. Student Vanessa Gomes, 16, however, believes that people continue to have parties, only at home. “I see a lot of people combining on Whatsapp. Nobody is concerned ”, he reports.
Valquíria said she heard about the spread of the virus in Buritis, so she does everything quickly on the street
Finally, someone showed some apprehension about the pandemic. “It scares a lot,” confessed pedagogue Vera Torres, 69, who is from Sergipe, but has lived in Buritis for 14 years. Perhaps because you have followed the COVID-19 drama closely. The elderly woman says that several members of her family, who live in Aracaju, were contaminated. “My daughter-in-law is coming out of pneumonia. My son got infected while going to work. Then he infected his wife, he already passed on to one of the children. This virus is very complicated. You see that even the infectologists are not understanding. My daughter-in-law still has a cough. She asked the infectologist if the cough could be emotional. Because she is extremely stressed, right? Hence, he said that he could not say, because it is not yet known about the sequelae that the virus leaves ”, he reported. With the anxiety of those who were not anesthetized.
Vera Torres had some family members infected with the coronavirus, which she classifies as complicated