In the early hours of Friday morning, the first of three days of the World Cup, we were able to catch up with a number of people from around Brazil.
The first was Paulo Nogueira, a Brazilian-American soccer player and soccer writer who has written extensively about the tournament.
The second was Guilherme Rodríguez, a columnist and broadcaster who also contributes to El Mundo.
And the third was Roberto Moro, a soccer analyst for Brazilian TV.
They were all in the same room and in the very same spot, all three at once, when they were asked to give their thoughts on the event.
“I think Brazil is the first nation to truly be embarrassed by the Zika virus,” Moro said.
“The virus is not contagious.
The only thing you can do is prepare yourself, keep your head up, do everything you can, and hope that this does not spread and infect other countries.”
Moro also said that Brazilians should “be very careful” with their travel.
“When you’re going to a country, you can’t just go there with the intention of having fun,” he said.
“[You have to] think about the risks and make sure you’re prepared.
You need to be safe, even if you’re in a hotel, even with your children.”
Mora also said Brazilians need to focus on how the Zika outbreak has affected their country.
“There’s a lot of talk about the Zika, but it’s really about how it has affected the entire country, and what kind of impact it’s had,” he told The American Conservatives.
“People are really worried.
People are saying it’s a catastrophe.
We’re not sure.
We just have to be careful.”
“Brazil is the world’s most populous country and there are a lot more people here than anywhere else,” Mora said.
He also suggested that Brazil should focus on its economy.
“We need to think about what’s going on, and how can we help,” he added.
Brazil’s government has declared the Zika epidemic a national emergency, but the country’s health ministry has been issuing advice for Brazilians to stay away from areas where Zika is circulating.
As of Friday, the Brazilian Ministry of Health said that the country is facing the highest number of cases since the pandemic began.
At the same time, the ministry says that there are no confirmed cases of Zika in Brazil.
However, it said that people who have symptoms of Zika and are taking precautions should be tested.
“It’s important to be alert and to be aware of your health status and to avoid any travel or activity that is at risk of being associated with Zika,” said the ministry in a statement.
“If you have symptoms, seek medical attention immediately.”
Moro said that although Brazil is facing a major crisis, it should not forget about the people in its midst.
“Brazil is a small country, but there are people who are suffering, and they deserve a little more than that,” he explained.
“You don’t want to forget about them.”
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