Health Editor’s Note: Of course the protests have been opportunities for the spread of COVID-19. Screaming, spitting, yelling, no masks, no physical distancing, pushing, shoving, touching, etc. Very large gatherings of people who assume they are immune to COVID-19 will ONLY lead to escalation of coronavirus cases and subsequent deaths. Police use of tear gas and chemical agents to attempt to control the actions of the crowds leads to increased coughing which will result in spread of COVID-19..Carol
CDC Director: George Floyd protests could be coronavirus ‘seeding event’
by Ronn Blitzer/Fox News
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield expressed concern Thursday that the mass protests that have been taking place in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death could exacerbate the coronavirus pandemic, as crowds of people gather in close proximity, often without masks.
Redfield appeared before a House Appropriations subcommittee to address the government’s response to COVID-19 when the protests were mentioned on more than one occasion.
“I do think there is a potential, unfortunately, for this to be a seeding event,” Redfield told Rep. Lois Frankel, D-Fla. Redfield suggested that protesters get tested to prevent spreading the virus.
Frankel asked what states can do if the numbers end up going up to the point of overwhelming contact tracing abilities. Redfield said he is working to make sure that does not happen, but noted “this is not a time to be understaffed.”