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Protests Unlikely Cause Of COVID-19 Spikes


Health experts say the protests that erupted in the wake of George Floyd’s Minneapolis arrest death May 25, 2020 aren’t likely fueling spikes in coronavirus cases. If the protests were the cause, significant increases would have been seen within the first five to 14 days. That didn’t happen. Protests occurred across the US, but only 13 cities experienced COVID-19 case increases within the incubation period, PBS reports. Study lead author Dhaval Dave, from Bentley University, says protests may have actually led to fewer cases, because most people decided to stay off the streets and stay home – leading to increased social distancing. So, what is fueling increases in cases in some areas? Many people refuse to wear a mask or social distance and they are putting us all at risk.


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