Mass protests throughout the country and the world have erupted over police brutality toward our black people and communities in America are raising concerns about the risk of spreading the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Some health experts, even while urging caution said they support the demonstrations-because systemic racism also poses a dire health threat. However, the longer the protests and people who are not wearing masks and who are in big groups unprotected, will spread the deadly virus, maybe not to one another, but when they go home, they could spread it to their mothers, fathers or grand parents. As well as others with underlying medical conditions in their communities or homes.
Let’s start out with how many cases are out there, not only in the United States, but world-wide.
Confirmed Cases: 1,988,358 + 28,436
Deaths: 112,273 + 820
Recovered: 526,672 + 68,706
Confirmed Cases: 7,038,942 + 122,709
Deaths: 403,267 + 3,132
Recovered: 3,155,088 + 58,760
Coronavirus infections are on the rise in Arizona, North Carolina, Utah, Florida, Arkansas and Texas, among others.
With a majority of states lifting restrictions that were implemented to slow the spread of the coronavirus, close to half the nations states are diagnosing new COVID-19 cases in increasing quantities.
President Trump said he believed the overall American death toll from the pandemic would be, which he placed between 50,000 and 60,000 people. The numbers that Trump had stated has more than doubled from his predictions.
It seems now that Trump has forgotten all-together about the coronavirus, with the election coming up in November, it seems that he is focused only on his reelection and wanting to plan rallies, and to get out in big groups to promote himself for another term. So far I think he has canceled one rally and there is possibly another one scheduled this month sometime.
California reported it’s highest one-day increase in cases this past Friday, with 3,593 new cases confirmed.
Arizona Reports Record High In COVID-19 Cases And Emergency Room Visits
Arizona’s Department of Health reported a new single-day high number of coronavirus cases and emergency room visits last Friday.
According to the report, there are at least 1,579 new cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing the state’s total number to at least 24,332. There was also at least 16 new deaths reported, increasing the state’s total number of deaths to 1,012. The number of cases announced Friday marked the fourth day of high numbers of cases in the state with 530 new cases on Thursday, 973 on Wednesday and 1,127 on Tuesday.
Arizona’s’s hospitals are becoming overwhelmed and some are full and sending their patients to other Arizona hospitals. Most of these cases are attributed to “pre-pandemic” behavior.
How Protests Could Affect COVID-19 Outbreaks
Tens of thousands of people, masked and unmasked, have come to the streets of Minneapolis, Atlanta, Louisville, Kentucky and other cities in the two weeks since George Floyd died after a white Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck for 8 min. and 46 seconds.
They are the largest public gathering in the U.S. since the pandemic forced widespread shutdowns, and many local officials warned of a possible spike and or outbreak in new cases in the next weeks to come.
The large gatherings, infectious disease experts said, could cause a catastrophic setback for controlling COVID-19 in the U.S. as cities and states reopen.
“It makes me cringe on a number of levels;” said Dr. Katie Passaretti, medical director for infection prevention at Atrium Health in Charlotte, North Carolina. “It’s a setup for further spread of COVID, ” Passaretti added.
Dr. Scott Gottlie, former chief of the Food and Drug Administration warned that the U.S. “isn’t through this epidemic” yet “chains of transmission will have become lit from these gatherings.”
Health experts urged protesters not to sing and shout to reduce the threat of person-to-person transmission. And they cautioned that police tactics such as tear gas and pepper spray could exacerbate the situation by prompting, people to cough and gasp for air.