In Brazil, I have the feeling that people are slow to understand the seriousness of the Coronavirus outbreak that plagues the planet, perhaps it is a problem of humanity that was forged by consumption and not by citizenship. In this productive logic, people do not allow themselves to interrupt their work routine, but now they will be forced to review many aspects of their existence because they will have time to reflect. Around here, they commonly make jokes about serious issues such as the Coronavirus outbreak, they scoff, if they imagine themselves untouchable. But we are not! We are facing a historic pandemic that will reconfigure our social values. I hope that Nature and Mother Earth will be prioritized in this reflection and will take a priority place in corporate and state decisions.

In times of world crisis, we photojournalists have a duty to document with care and health care this important historical period that we are going through to inform the population. I worked all week following the evolution of the Coronavirus in Brazil through the prism of the largest city in South America, São Paulo, my homeland. Slowly the city, a pungent living organism, was decelerating and people were entering self-quarantine. I share here what I saw this week on the streets, a job done with great responsibility and care for The New York Times
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