At the same time that I can share in the pride of all those protesting across many American
cities, and even internationally, the lethal injustice suffered by George Floyd, I worry about the potential intrusion of the killing force of COVID-19 on some protesters.
In some of the spontaneous protests, many individuals were shown not wearing masks,
shouting loudly, and marching in close proximity over an extended time period. Those factors
clearly put those marchers at risk for contracting COVID-19.
Moreover, the police use of tear gas against protestors in some venues further increases their vulnerability to this deadly virus. Only future medical evidence will show if such concerns are warranted. However, while waiting for this data, protest organizers would be wise to balance these outpourings of citizens’ rage against systemic police brutality with public cautions to do all possible to lower risks of getting or transmitting this disease.
One recommendation could be containing protests to four street corners on every block and not in the crowded streets between. Signs replace shouting. Share abundant supplies of masks to all protestors. Simple precautions can save lives of all those who
can remain healthy enough to protest wisely and well another day for color-blind justice.