Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro announced on Tuesday that he tested positive for the new coronavirus, whose severity he has continually minimized since the beginning of the pandemic, but which has already killed some 65,000 people in his country.
"The positive result [of the test] has just come in," the 65-year-old head of state said during an interview with several television channels, after having had the temperature the day before.
"I had a fever of 38 degrees, but my lungs were clean. The doctors gave me hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin (an antibiotic) and then I felt better. I'm perfectly fine," added Mr. Bolsonaro. He said he would now work as much as possible" by video conference.
On Monday night, he announced that he had an X-ray of his lungs at the military hospital. Earlier today, he vetoed two sections of the law on wearing masks in public places to prevent the spread of the pandemic in Brazil.
According to the local press, the 65-year-old president cancelled planned activities for the week.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, Jair Bolsonaro has minimized the disease and participated in several public events without wearing a mask, while criticizing the isolation measures implemented in several States.
In late March, Jair Bolsonaro downplayed the importance of the virus during a televised speech.
"Given my athletic background, if I were infected with the virus, I wouldn't have to worry. I wouldn't feel anything. At worst, it would be like a little bit of flu, a little bit of cold," he said.
Brazil is the country most affected by the pandemic, behind the United States, with 1.6 million cases of COVID-19 to date with 65,487 deaths.
Clean your hands regularly and thoroughly with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer or wash them with soap and water.
Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.
Keep at least 3 feet away from anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
When someone coughs or sneezes, small drops of fluid are sprayed from their nose or mouth that may contain viruses. If you are too close, you can breathe in the drops, including the COVID-19 virus, if the person coughing has the disease.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can detect viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer virus to the eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and make you sick.
Make sure you and those around you follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with a folded elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then throw away the used tissue immediately.
Why? Droplets spread the virus. By following good respiratory hygiene, you protect people around you from viruses like colds, flu, and VID-19.
Stay home if you don't feel well. If you have a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call ahead. Follow the instructions of your local health authority.
National and local authorities will have the most up-to-date information about the situation in your area. Calling ahead will allow your health care provider to direct you quickly to the appropriate health care facility. This will also protect you and help prevent the spread of viruses and other infections.
Keep up-to-date on the latest COVID-19 hotspots (cities or local areas where COVID-19 is spreading widely). If possible, avoid traveling to locations, especially if you are elderly or have diabetes, heart or lung disease.
Protective measures for people who are or have recently (last 14 days) visited areas where COVID-19 is spreading
Self-isolation from staying home if you begin to feel sick, even with mild symptoms such as headache, low fever (37.3 C or higher) and mild nasal discharge, until you recover. If it is essential for someone to bring supplies or go out, for example, to buy food, wear a mask to avoid infecting others.
Why? Avoiding contact with other people and visits to medical facilities will allow these facilities to function more effectively and help protect you and others from possible VID-19 and other viruses.
If you develop a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention immediately, as this may be due to a respiratory infection or other serious condition. Call ahead and inform your provider of any recent travel or contact with travelers.
Calling ahead will allow your health care provider to direct you quickly to the appropriate health care facility. This will also help prevent the possible spread of VID-19 and other viruses.
It is always important to keep up with current videos (in spanish: vídeos de actualidad) to keep informed as this pandemic is still going on and even the most cautious and confident people can become infected.
News reports (reportajes de actualidad) are needed to keep you informed about this pandemic. We always recommend that you keep and follow all of the above guidelines.