Abstract:, in Brazil, and the first death was reported on March 17 1. Since then, national spread has been rapid, with over 9,000 deaths reported less than two months later 2. These deaths refer to people who tested positive for the polymerase chain reaction test (PCR), which detects the genetic material of SARS-CoV-2 and establishes the presence of the virus. This figure, however, represents only the tip of the iceberg, because the PCR test has been performed with priority on hospitalized patients under suspicion of h… Show more
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