September 30, 2020 |
In one of his impromptu utterances, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said his countryfolk deserved being studied by scientists.
“Brazilians don’t catch anything. You see a guy jumping into the sewer, getting out, diving, ok? And nothing happens to him,” he said.
Any scientist willing to follow Bolsonaro’s research tips would have plenty of samples to pursue their studies. It is estimated than less than 50% of all sewage produced in Brazil is properly collected and treated, and millions of people live close to open air sewer drains.
But the conclusions would be unlikely to meet the president’s rosy views about exposure to untreated waters. In fact, the COVID-19 pandemic has made it clearer
Four years after the ignominy of holding Olympic events in the polluted waters of Guanabara Bay, Brazil still struggles with a lack of infrastructure to bring clean water and sewage treatment to the majority of the country. New investment, however, appears poised to pump in needed resources to filter out fetid water.