He once called it a 'little flu' – now Brazil's president, Jair Bolsonaro, has tested positive for COVID-19.
The purveyors of these myths, including politicians who have been soft peddling the impact of the coronavirus, aren't doing the country any favors.
Indigenous communities were already suffering badly under Bolsonaro. Now, COVID-19 threatens their very survival.
Jair Bolsonaro's government has put forward laws that could put Indigenous land into the hands of mining, agricultural and timber businesses.
Inequality, confused responses and a disbelieving leader have all contributed to a crisis that's showing no signs of slowing down.
While those of us from Australia and New Zealand might be starting to relax as restrictions ease, the pandemic is actually growing at an increasing rate worldwide.
Coronavirus is serving Latin American organised crime well.
Unrest in the US looks familiar to Latin Americans, who are accustomed to resisting undemocratic governments – and to their protest movements being met with violent suppression.
For western businesses trading with these giants of the southern hemisphere, to be forewarned is to be forearmed.
In Brazil, black COVID-19 patients are dying at higher rates than white patients. Worse housing quality, working conditions and health care help to explain the pandemic's racially disparate toll.
Release of GM mosquitoes in Florida is imminent. But a multidisciplinary team of scientists believe that more studies are needed first. They encourage a publicly accessible registry for GM organisms.
Maids were among Brazil's earliest COVID-19 victims, infected by employers who had been to Italy. Now 39% of Brazilian 'domésticas' have been let go, most without severance or sick leave.
A repeat of 2019's disastrous fire season is possible in 2020, and it would have dire consequences.
Countries across the globe responded differently to the pandemic, and results show a difference in effectiveness as well.
COVID-19 is spreading fast through not only the world's richest cities but also its poorest, ravaging slum areas where risk factors like overcrowding and poverty accelerate disease transmission.
Local people are caught in an impossible situation – stay home and starve or venture out to buy food, potentially bringing the virus home too.
In a Latin American country hard hit by COVID-19, an agricultural collective is stepping in to help where government won't, mounting an astonishing national pandemic response.
Brazil's Valley of the Dawn faith is often dismissed as a cult. But many of the group's fantastical rituals are a recognizable reaction to this harsh world of inequality, loneliness and pandemics.
The lockdown may be a greater worry than the disease itself.
Jair Bolsonaro has ignored and openly challenged the advice of health authorities, sacked his health minister and tried to use the pandemic for political gain.