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THE CORONAVIRUS AND THE EMOTIONAL STATE IN LATIN AMERICA
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Agora Public Affairs & Strategic Communications’ Digital Division conducted a survey on the emotions produced by the coronavirus pandemic. We have analyzed public posts on COVID-19 posted from March 23rd to May 24th by users of Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and blogs from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Mexico and Peru.

Mistrust is the prevailing emotion in the region. It is interesting to note that also before the pandemic, mistrust was a reigning feature in the region, where people were suspicious about both public and private sectors. The coronavirus amplifies this situation, and people on social media distrust both measures taken by Governments and the evolution of the economic situation in their countries.

Anger or rage are also prevailing emotions in the region. These emotions develop due to the disease itself, the economic measures adopted by Governments, and towards the people who don’t abide by the social-distancing restrictions, among other reasons.

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