Coronavirus to Spike in Two Weeks Due to Protests
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Protests have overtaken the country in an outcry against the death of George Floyd. Thousands have taken to the streets to protest peacefully, and many others have chosen to do so violently - lighting major sites on fire in Beverly Hills, Minneapolis, and Washington DC. While acknowledging their cause, many medical professionals have reminded protesters to be careful since the world is still in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic. Most have not listened.
The last three days, protesters have gathered on the streets of most major cities in the US. Health officials noticed that many of these protests were without regard to COVID-19 restrictions. The assemblyman of the Santa Monica region, Richard Bloom, called for the protests to be done safely and peacefully. Many lacked face-masks, and most stood within 6-feet of each other. Now, officials say they are prepping for a severe spike in cases in the next two weeks.
The virus is already known to affect people of color more adversely, in comparison to those that are white. With over 100,000 people dead in the US already, politicians are trying to find ways to prevent the next spike. Atlanta’s mayor, Keisha Lance Bottoms, announced that people who have been protesting should "go get a Covid test this week.”