Democrat Funded Protests could Reignite Covid-19 Infections
Mass protests have shutdown Covid-19 testing sites across the country (California, Illinois, Florida, and Pennsylvania), and with protestors, rioters and criminals all leaving their phones at home while protesting, it will complicate efforts to track people who have been exposed to the virus. Of course this will be used by local officials to drum up fear of a fresh wave of virus infection.
Social distancing, is part of a group of effective methods that help slow the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. There is no current vaccine for the virus. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus.
Alone it does not stop the transmission of the virus, it must be combined with the waring of a surgical grade face mask (Other types provide very limited protection ), protective eye ware (full-face-visor), and regular hand washing, together these do not prevent the transmission of the virus.
Yet, Main Stream media has all but forgotten about "Social Distancing" as they glorify the protesters as honorable, law abiding citizens out to do no harm.
Only a week ago the media was admonishing the right for their anti-quarantine rallies calling them irresponsible and of course there were some 'experts' on hand to warn such rallies could cause a surge in coronavirus cases. Then swiftly changing their tune as healthcare workers in Colorado and Pennsylvania staged counter-protests against rightwing anti-quarantine rallies.
On the 20th of April Eric Feigl-Ding, an epidemiologist and public health scientist at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, tweeted: “2,500 anti-lockdown rally in Olympia, Washington.
“I predict a new epidemic surge (incubation time ~5-7 days before onset symptoms, if any, and transmission to associates around that time, even among asymptomatics)… so increase in 2-4 weeks from now.”
Of course mainstream media were all over this and wile it never came to pass, the media went right back to bashing conservatives for their anti-lockdown stance.
Local health officials and some city mayors have urged, people who attend rallies, protests, vigils or large gatherings — for political, religious or constitutionally protected reasons — should try to social distance and wear cloth masks.
The risk of the novel coronavirus spreading at large protests — which have spread across the U.S., beginning last week in Minneapolis after the death of George Floyd — is “significant,” but “First Amendment rights are something we hold important,” said Lieske Giese, director of the Eau Claire City-County Health Department, at a news conference on Monday.
Protests will likely “substantially inhibit” efforts to slow the virus through contact tracing, which is inherently dependent on trust in the government, said Dr. William Schaffner, a renown infectious disease expert at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
That and the fact that protestors are being told to leave their cellphones at home to avoid tracing, unless they are part of the protest organizers managing the protest and routes.
Protests are worrisome for a combination of factors: Protesters spent hours in close proximity, shouting and chanting, potentially passing infected droplets back and forth; without masks, face shields and proper hygiene like hand washing, and because they were protesting racial injustice, many in the crowd were people of color, who already disproportionately affected by coronavirus.