The needless and senseless politicization of COVID-19 has led to increase infections and deaths from the pesky and still spreading pandemic, especially in the United States (US) and in Brazil.
Questions of the science that wearing facial masks would assist in containing the deadly pathogen and provide some measure of protection to individuals and communities, have been fallibly flaunted and exemplified by leaders, who have sent confusing messages to their supporters in regards to the benefits of wearing a facial masks.
Sadly, the bad examples set by Donald Trump of the US, and Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil, to cast aside the deadly disease as a "little flu", along with refusals and reluctances to wearing the simple preventative masks, have served to deepened the politicization of COVID-19, thus rendering too many individuals and communities gullible to increase infections and deaths. Some people, dismissing science in deference to their idolized leaders' actions, are refusing to wear masks and are therefore, prolonging the prevalence of the deadly pandemic in the Americas. Media reports just confirmed that the Brazilian president has tested positive for COVID-19.
Record numbers of daily new COVID-19 infections have been experienced in the US in the past week in the states of Florida, Texas, Arizona and California. Many other states also recorded concerning increased disease cases.
The attitudes of the presidents of the US and Brazil must shoulder blame for climbing COVID-19 deaths and infections. Both countries have the world's largest COVID-19 deaths and infections. At writing, US infections stood at 2,953,423 with 130,546 deaths; Brazil infections tallied 1,623,284 with 65,487 deaths, according to COVID-19 figures by Johns Hopkins University.
In contrast, China with a population of 1.4 billion people - the world's largest, where wearing facial masks are widely mandated, has had 84,889 COVID-19 infections with 4,641 deaths. India, the second-largest population, has recorded 719,664 COVID-19 infections and 20,159 deaths. Elsewhere, the United Kingdom (UK) has reported 44,321 COVID deaths and 287,291 infections; Spain, 28,388 deaths from 251,789 infections; Italy, 34,869 deaths from 241,819 infections; France, 29,923 deaths from 205,597 infections; Germany, 9,031 deaths from 198,079 infections; Canada, 8,748 deaths from 107,815 infections; Mexico, 31,119 deaths from 261,750 infections; and South Korea, 285 deaths from 13,181 infections.
Politicizing the Novel Coronavirus pandemic will not help in suppressing the deadly contagion. Wearing facial masks, staying at home and social distancing have proved to aid in containing the disease. So in lieu of a viable vaccine, if the deadly virus is to be contained in the Americas, then all leaders should promote and exemplify the scientific methods proven to push back against the COVID-19 pandemic.