A study on the Medida SP website linked deaths by Covid-19 with age and average monthly income per household in the Greater São Paulo regions where the victims lived and concluded that the poorest and oldest die the most.
The study used data from 3,959 people who died in Greater São Paulo until May 18 provided by the Ministry of Health, such as the Postal Address Code (CEP) and crossed with the average income per household in each region, according to the 2010 census. values have been updated.
The result was that almost 66% of the victims lived in neighborhoods with average salaries below R $ 3 thousand and 21% in places with an income of up to R $ 6,500. In regions with an income above R $ 19 thousand, just over 1% of deaths were registered.
According to Medida SP urbanist Bernardo Pacheco Loureiro, deaths happen more among the poorest because of the lack of access.
“Income does not directly impact mortality. However, it indirectly impacts inequality in access to other factors that can impact mortality. Examples: access to health, space to isolate, the possibility of not working or working remotely, the predisposition to other risk factors, such as diabetes and hypertension, etc. ”
2017 São Paulo Network Inequality Map shows that the average monthly remuneration of people with formal employment in São Paulo ranges from R $ 10,079.98 in the Campo Belo neighborhood, South Zone of the city, to R $ 1,287.32 in Engenheiro Marsilac, in the extreme south of the capital.
More people die in poorer neighborhoods
The team that carried out the study highlighted Brasilândia and São Miguel Paulista among the neighborhoods with the most deaths, which are also among the regions that lead the deaths according to the São Paulo City Hall.
Osasco, the fifth city with the most deaths in the state, reopened trade on Monday (15).
In the Basic Health Unit (UBS) Jardim d’Abril, in Rio Pequeno, West Zone of the capital and border with Osasco, we find Roberta de Souza.
Unable to pay for a health plan, she is one of about 60 people that the unit serves a day only with suspicion of Covid-19.
“I came to take the test. Because my daughter tested positive and I have all the symptoms that she also had ”, she says.
A domestic worker, she is resting because she obtained a medical certificate, but she had not stopped working at any time during the pandemic.
As they are not experiencing respiratory fatigue, Roberta and daughter Cecília will keep their isolation at home. Roberta has had the symptoms for two weeks: headache, body and eye pain.
“It bothers me, right, because people have to be responsible. I have to stay at home, I just came to the doctor to be a doctor. But I am isolated, I do not go to other places. And when I go out, I go out wearing a mask. And we see people who don’t care, that they think this is not true, you know, it is not really. But is.”
Older die more
This Tuesday (16), it has been ten days since retired Maria Aparecida Barbosa lost her great aunt, Dona Laurita, 90, who lived on a plot with four other families, in Diadema, in ABC.
According to the niece, she protected herself as she could within the reality of those who do not have much choice.
“One was giving a bath, the other was going to give the medicine, others were going to give food, clean the house. So, like this, everyone helped her, right, but only that nobody was realizing what was really happening. This thing of staying at home just for old people doesn’t work because other people have to work and end up passing by. ”