Jun 03, 2020
By Jane Brown
As anti-black racism protests across the U.S. continue, health experts are worried about a new spike in COVID-19 infections as physical distancing becomes harder to maintain.
ABC News medical contributor and infectious disease expert Dr. Simone Wildes is cautioning those who are going to marches to keep the pandemic in their thoughts as they gather.
“This is one of the major factors that we’ve been talking about that deals with the spread of the virus,” Wildes explains, “So we have a large crowd with people shouting and screaming, chanting, which is a risk of spreading the virus person to person.”
Canada’s own Dr. Theresa Tam, the chief public health officer, has also warned against protests during COVID-19, saying demonstrators need to find a better way.
Demonstrations against police brutality continued for an 8th night on Tuesday after the killing of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man, who died after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee on Floyd’s neck for nearly 9 minutes.