Officials Say Protesters Increase the Risk of Spreading Coronavirus


Protesters are crowding streets across the US as many have become enraged over the unlawful death of George Floyd. However, the coronavirus pandemic rages on, and officials are warning that protesters could spread the virus.

"If you were out protesting last night, you probably need to go get a COVID test this week," Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms warned residents, the New York Post reports.

Bottoms was not the only official to warn about the dangers of coronavirus infection amidst the many protests across the country, as the protesters likely did not adhere to social distancing guidelines while crowding city streets.

Bottoms continued on to say that "there is still a pandemic in America that's killing black and brown people at higher numbers."

Health experts have warned that many of these protesters could be asymptomatic and without proper face coverings, leaving others vulnerable to catch the illness.

Bradley Pollock, chairman of the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of California, Davis, says, "Whether they're fired up or not, that doesn't prevent them from getting the virus."

The protests have more than likely damaged efforts to contain the coronavirus, and it wouldn't be surprising to see a spike in cases once the protests have subsided.

Mayor of Minneapolis Jacob Frey said, "We have two crises that are sandwiched on top of one another."

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