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Trump Rally, Other Campaigns Could Spread Coronavirus Even More, Expert Warns

The coronavirus is still in the air but most parts of the world are still trying to find ways to show some semblance of normal life. That would include more people out of their homes, something due to work or something else. As most know, protests from around the globe are happening due to the racial discrimination issue tied to George Floyd and other individuals recently tied to police brutality. While the protests are understandable, it comes at a bad time with COVID-19 numbers continuing to rise.

A working COVID-19 vaccine is nowhere near coming out. It takes at least a year to have one. Health experts and scientists are trying to fast-track the process and the best given are some vaccines that may not entirely force the coronavirus out the door. Hence, the best thing anyone can do right now is follow the preventive measures set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This includes wearing face masks, observing social distancing and practicing proper hygiene at all times. People are discouraged from going out unless it is really necessary (i.e. buying essentials or work-related).

Mass process and rallies are a concern. Though most simply want to take a stance, it remains that they are exposing or possibly spreading the coronavirus by doing so. Some do not practice social distancing while others wear no masks at all. If not protests, some could care less about getting infected, heading to beaches or local diners. Taken as a whole, this will not help bring down or curb COVID-19 numbers. The CDC projects that coronavirus cases are likely to jump in July. From the current level of 115,000, figures could soar to between 124,000 to 140,000.

Protesters are singled out as a possible point where new cases could arise. All the yelling and screaming plus the inability to practice social distancing is critical. Most know that the COVID-19 is passed on through droplets. On the part of authorities, throwing tear gas will not help bring down coronavirus fears considering it results in coughing. These were the views shared by Dr. Michael T. Osterholm, the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, via Fox News.

"Yelling, screaming, being exposed to tear gas or smoke, which causes coughing, being put into a holding cell overnight in jail if you’re arrested — all are reasons why you would expect to see more cases," Osterholm said.

George Floyd protest Rally in Grand Army Plaza after the death of George Floyd. Rhododendrites/Wikimedia Commons

United States President Donald Trump plans to hold a rally indoors in Oklahoma next week. For health experts, people who attend this are placing themselves at risk of getting COVID-19. Making matters worse is that attendees will not be required to wear masks.

“I would move it to the outdoors, I would reduce the number of people, I would introduce social distancing, and I would require everybody to wear a mask,” Dr. Nahid Bhadelia, medical director of the special pathogens unit at Boston University School of Medicine, said.

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