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Austin protesters should get tested for coronavirus, health officials say


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Austin protesters should get tested for coronavirus, health officials say

Everyone who gathered in downtown Austin to protest police brutality is encouraged to get tested for the coronavirus, the city’s public health authority said Wednesday.

The demonstrations have the potential to intensify the ongoing health crisis, officials warned, because participants are in close proximity with one another and have little space to practice appropriate distancing.

Austin Public Health Director Stephanie Hayden said everyone who participated in the protests should visit the health authority’s website for a self-assessment and also should schedule a test, which is free of charge.

Protesters who are not experiencing symptoms should still get tested, Hayden said, because COVID-19 can spread without the hosts knowing they are infected.

Although there is no official tally of how many people have turned out for the protests, some estimates suggest the number is in the thousands. Many protesters have not worn protective masks even while standing shoulder to shoulder with others.

The crowds have mirrored gatherings in other American cities condemning the killings of black men by white police officers --- most notably the recent death of George Floyd by a Minneapolis officer who refused to remove his knee from the back of Floyd’s neck as Floyd was struggling for breath.

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Protesters have been spreading the coronavirus, I thought that would happen. More people will die as a result of protesting than what they are worried about.

 

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4 hours ago, MovieMadness said:

Austin protesters should get tested for coronavirus, health officials say

 

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Protesters have been spreading the coronavirus, I thought that would happen. More people will die as a result of protesting than what they are worried about.

 

If Trump had come out hard in favor of the 'peaceful' protests maybe this would have died down by now.  Instead right off the bat he inflamed things by suggesting 'when the looting starts, the shooting starts' and coming off like an unsympathetic dictator.  Gassing peaceful protestors outside the White House so he could walk across the street for a WWE-like photo op was inflammatory too.  Perhaps we should add any uptick in the corona virus cases to the Trump death clock.

06/04/2020 13:58:17
TOTAL ESTIMATED U.S. COVID-19 DEATHS: 108,529

Trump Death Clock

65,117
Estimated U.S. COVID-19 Deaths Due To POTUS Inaction
In January 2020, the Trump administration was advised that immediate action was required to stop the spread of COVID-19. According to NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci, “there was a lot of pushback” to this advice. President Trump declined to act until March 16th. Experts estimate that, had mitigation measures been implemented one week earlier, 60% of American COVID-19 deaths would have been avoided. (For further reading, click here).

 

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Governor Cuomo said today (with compassion) that the protesters in New York should get tested and that tests will be available to them.  It makes sense.

 

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It will be a few weeks before we get a better idea how many of the protesters and police (as well as anyone coming into contact with them) will be impacted by covid 19 but I'm afraid it will probably be pretty grim.

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