It Doesn’t Look Like the Protests Are Causing a COVID-19 Spike

After demonstrators gathered in cities nationwide to protest police brutality, people wondered if this was going to spread the virus among all the brave protestors.

It’s been going on for a more than 2 weeks and no one has seen an uptick in sickness because people were out in the streets.

That is a very very odd thing.

Science noticed and went to work.

It doesn’t look like the George Floyd protests are causing a COVID-19 spike.

  1.  A large percentage of the protesters wore masks.
  2. Masks may be the single biggest impediment to the spread of the coronavirus.
  3. Social distancing may be much less important, may be not much of a factor at all if you are outdoors.

“The lion’s share of infection occurs indoors. I think that outdoors, in sunshine, with masks, is a fairly safe environment” ~Jeffrey Shaman, director of the climate and health program at Columbia University

…. as long as people wear masks and as long as the people themselves were not in categories of high risk, such as old age or underlying health conditions there’s still a lot of uncertainty….

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