CORONAVIRUS | Surgeon General Warns Of Coronavirus Outbreak From Floyd Protests


U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams said to expect new outbreaks of the coronavirus from the nationwide protests over the death of George Floyd that have seen thousands of people gather in close proximity.

While a majority of protesters nationwide have worn masks and face coverings as they demand justice for Floyd, an African – American man who died last week while in police custody, the large crowds have made it difficult to social distance. The coronavirus pandemic has also disproportional affected communities of color, an inssue Adams has highlighted.

‘I remain concerned about the public health consequences both of individual and institutional racism (and) people out protesting in a way that is harmful to themselves and to their communities’, Adams told Politico in an interview published Monday.

‘Based on the way the disease spread, there is every reason to expect that we will see new clusters and potentially new outbreaks moving forward’, he added.

Adams is the latest government leaders to express concern over whether the protests could spread coronavirus, as he and other health groups are caught in a balancing act of trying to advise Americans during a pandemic and raise awareness of how racing puts the black community’s health at risk.

‘You understand the anger, you hope that we can find ways that really can help people channel their anger into meaningful steps forward’, Adams, who’s African-American, told Politico.

‘There is going to be a lot to do after this, even to try and get the communities of color back to where they need to be for people to be able to recover from Covid, and for people to be able to recover from the shutdown and to be able to prosper.

On Saturday, Adams said there’s ‘no easy prescription to heal our Nation, or to take away the pain people are feeling’ – a pain that he too is experiencing as a black man.

‘We won’t fix or remove all the obstacles and stressors that are affecting people’s health and wellbeing  – especially ones like racism – over night. That doesn’t mean we mustn’t try at all’, he posted on Twitter.

As the protests have continued, several doctors’ group – the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Medical Association and American College of Physicians – emphasized that racism is a public health issued and called for police brutality to stop.

CNN’s chief medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta said on CNN Tuesday that the US may not see the impact of the protests on coronavirus rates and hospitalizations until three to four weeks later.

He noted that there’s a number of different factors to consider such as the environment of the protests, which have taken place outside, a lower risk for transmission of the virus.

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