What are the odds?
As demonstrations take place across Ohio, Columbus’s health commissioner is concerned about the possible spread of COVID-19 among the protesters.
“I saw so many individuals out there in very close proximity not wearing a face-covering and I immediately thought to myself, ‘Oh no,’” Dr. Mysheika Roberts said. “We could easily be setting up a situation where COVID-19 is spreading among these protestors.”
Getting better and better.
South Carolina racial justice activists said they would postpone future demonstrations or move them online after at least 13 people who took part in previous protests tested positive for the coronavirus.
As the number of cases across the country continued to climb ominously Monday, organizers of “I Can’t Breathe” protests in South Carolina urged participants to get tested for the virus.
In a video posted Sunday on Facebook, organizer Lawrence Nathaniel said demonstrators who marched in Columbia, S.C., between May 30 and June 17 had tested positive. He said four organizers were confirmed infected, along with three photographers and six protesters.
Fortunately no lessons will be learned.
Experts also said the lag might be even longer because protesters were mainly young people who might not show symptoms. The virus often causes more severe symptoms in older people; experts said those who attended the street demonstrations might infect family or friends more likely to develop symptoms later.
So outside Columbia, the non-socially distanced riots will continue. Meanwhile people are dying in hospitals alone or not being allowed to attend funerals, while the racist mobs go on destroying statues.