Kansas Protester Who Did Not Wear Mask Tests Positive For Coronavirus

The U.S. is currently in turmoil as a result of the killing of George Floyd in broad daylight in Minneapolis. Many people have been protesting on the streets to voice their desire to end racism and police brutality. However, these demonstrations are being done despite the threat of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

As such, many people have been put at risk. And just recently, health officials disclosed that one protester who attended a rally in Kansas without wearing a face mask had tested positive for COVID-19, the Kansas City Star first reported.

In a news release issued by Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health, the officials said that the male protester who tested positive for the novel coronavirus attended the rally in downtown Lawrence on May 31.

Since he did not wear a mask during the protest, he was tested for coronavirus on June 4. His result came out positive a day later. He only revealed that he did not wear a mask when he was questioned by health officials.

“Similar to what we would ask anyone who goes out in public right now, we are asking anyone who attended the recent protest to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms and isolate if they become sick as well as call their healthcare provider for next steps,” Informatics Director Sonia Jordan said in the news release.

The health officials are urging anyone who does not have a primary care provider and is manifesting symptoms after attending the protest to call its coronavirus hotline at 785-856-4343. Nurses are on standby to accept calls and provide information on how to get initial screening and get tested for coronavirus.

Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the novel coronavirus is transmitted from person-to-person when respiratory droplets from an infected person reaches another person. Symptoms of COVID-19 start to manifest 2-14 days after exposure.

Common signs and symptoms of the coronavirus include fever or chills, shortness of breath, cough, fatigue, difficulty in breathing, muscle and body pains, headache, runny nose or congestion, sore throat, loss of smell or taste, nausea or vomiting and even diarrhea.

George Floyd protest May 26, 2020. Thousands gathered on foot and in cars in south Minneapolis to protest against police violence and call for justice for George Floyd. Fibonacci Blue/flickr