The covid-19 pandemic has caused several impacts since it was declared in March 2020. The changes are behavioral, health, social, economic. It is difficult to identify an area of life that has not changed due to the pandemic of the new coronavirus. It could not be otherwise, in the face of so many alarming figures. On May 30, 2021, there were 16.4 million confirmed cases in Brazil and more than 461 thousand deaths, according to the panel Our World in Data.
In the economy, the Valor Econômico newspaper reports that the latest estimate from analysts consulted by the Central Bank is for a fall of 4.3% in Brazil's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2020. This number is proportional to the impact estimated by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in the global economy, whose projection is that it has shrunk 4.4% last year. The IMF also points out that Brazil's unemployment rate grew from 11.9% in 2019 to 13.4% in 2020.
On the other hand, the impact caused by the covid-19 pandemic is not just about pandemic numbers or the economy. Lifestyles have changed. Home office has been adopted in many organizations, online learning has become a reality, travel has decreased, health care has redoubled. All of this can lead to another kind of impact, on mental health. A study by the University of Ottawa (Canada) concluded that "(...) the prevalence of insomnia reached 24%, post-traumatic stress disorder reached 22%, the incidence of depression stood at 16%, and anxiety at 15%", according to report in El País.
The numbers cause concern but also favor the emergence of several solidarity initiatives that aim to make a positive impact. Since the beginning of the pandemic, groups, institutions and companies have joined together to collect donations. They are directed to those most affected by the health emergency and promote actions that help overcome this moment. According to newspaper report in Estadão, searches for terms on "how to donate" grew 54% between February and March 2021, according to data from Google Trends.
A NGO Citizenship Action raised, between March 2020 and May 2021, R$ 83 million, 16,600 tons of food, distributed to over 6 million people. O collective funding site benfeitoria.com brings together various initiatives and conducts campaigns for the allocation of resources for these actions. So far, more than R$ 41 million has been mobilized by about 30,000 employees. And solidarity projects during the covid-19 pandemic do not live on donations of money and food alone. You can donate time, energy, work, support. Check out here list prepared by the Ecoa/UOL website and updated daily with information on how and to whom to donate.
In the case of Radiolife, making a positive impact was already among its core values, even before the covid-19 pandemic. In the dictionary, impact means "Effect that, by its force, prevents or brings about change", among other meanings. This is one of Radiolife's goals: to cause change.
An urgent change is to conduct diagnostic testing for covid-19 as a strategy to halt the spread of the virus. Reported by Jornal Nacional of 26 May warns that Brazil does not do enough tests for covid: "While Chile and Australia do more than 700 tests per thousand inhabitants, Brazil does only 149 tests in each group of one thousand people", says the report, based on figures from the platform Our World in Data. According to the article, in the United States, "the ratio is more than 1.3 thousand tests per thousand people, that is, there are people tested more than once".
"This is one of Radiolife's goals through Cube Scan. The equipment for diagnosis of covid-19 is under development in the company. We want to contribute to the creation of a habit of mass testing. This would include even asymptomatic people," explains one of the founders of the company, Sergio Schirmer.
Cube Scan is under development at Radiolife and as soon as it receives the authorizations from regulatory agencies, it will begin marketing. Learn more here.