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Brazil’s pandemic is intensifying. Survey shows that people tend to choose safer ways to spend their holidays.

Brazil's pandemic is intensifying. Survey shows that people tend to choose safer ways to spend their holidays.

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Recently, according to the latest report released by Brazilian polling agencies, given the rapid rise in the number of new confirmed cases and deaths of COVID-19 in the country, local people tend to take a safer way to arrange this year’s Christmas and New Year’s Eve activities.

It is reported that the agency conducted a sample survey of 2016 adults across Brazil from December 8 to 10. The results showed that 74% of all respondents did not want to hold year-end parties with people other than their relatives and friends in order to avoid cross-infection due to crowd gatherings.

In terms of gender, women who are relatively conservative in daily behavior during the epidemic are more inclined to choose this method, accounting for 78%, compared with 70% for men. In terms of age, older people are more cautious as a group of high-risk infections, and the proportion of these methods is also 78%, higher than that of the younger group, which is 70%.

On how to hold year-end celebrations more safely, the Osvaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz), a well-known Brazilian medical research institution, has prepared a guidebook, advising people to choose to spend the festival with their relatives and friends who live with them.

At the same time, according to the manual, if there are gatherings with people other than residents, necessary protective measures need to be taken to reduce the risk of infection, including wearing masks during off-dinner hours, avoiding shaking hands and hugging, choosing well-ventilated gathering places, and avoiding sharing personal belongings.

The survey also shows that 84% of the respondents said they did not want to go out at the end of the year, including family visits and vacations.

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