Brazil.- The president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, who denies the seriousness of COVID-19, again criticized the mandatory use of mask and stated that using it inside the vehicle can cause traffic accidents.
Without providing any evidence or study, the far-right president pointed out that wearing a mask in a closed vehicle would reduce oxygenation in the brain due to a supposed excess of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the environment.
“Is there a doctor here? Doesn’t CO2 make you sleepy? Doesn’t it help you feel sleepy?” He began questioning the ruler, in his traditional transmission via social networks on Thursdays.
“Because the closed car, he (driver) with the mask, breathing there, that is, he will have a lower oxygenation in his body -no you need to be a doctor to say this – and that can lead to an accident, “he completed.
The retired Army captain reacted in these terms after seeing, he said, luminous panels on roads in Sao Paulo that alluded to to the obligatory nature of the mask, during the march that he led last Saturday with thousands of motorcyclists who were sympathetic to his government.
Jair Bolsonaro, who since the beginning of the pandemic, which has already claimed the lives of nearly 500,000 Brazilians, has scorned the danger of the coronavirus, in 2020 he vetoed the mandatory use of face masks in shops, schools and religious temples. However, Congress soon overturned that veto.
The president has also harshly criticized throughout the pandemic the imposition of mobility restrictions adopted by the authorities. premises to reduce the incidence of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which remains out of control in the country.
He even sought in the Supreme Court to suspend said measures, such as the night curfew, although so far none of its resources have prospered.
With more than 495 thousand deaths and 17.7 million positives, Brazil is the country in Latin America most affected by covid-19, the second in the world with the most deaths, after the United States, and the third most contagious, behind North Americans and India.