Protesting amid a pandemic: New Yorkers vow to mask up and keep fighting

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Date Published: June 6, 2020

Source: CBC

The New York protesters voicing anger over the death of George Floyd from a police officer have continued their movement throughout the week and into the weekend, with most of the crowd wearing masks. However, given that New York City alone had over 200,000 coronavirus cases draws concern over the potential spikes in coronavirus cases due to mass gatherings and close proximity of protesters. Some jurisdictions are offering free COVID-19 tests for protesters, and New York City’s Health Department is suggesting the use of signs and noisemakers instead of yelling to limit potential spread. On the contrary, the willingness of protesters to be in crowded environments and potentially expose themselves to the virus may be a demonstration of the importance of the movement. Some feel that racism is itself a public health issue because health outcomes are worse among minority groups and COVID-19 has disproportionately affected the Black and Hispanic community in the United States. 

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Summary by: Megan Lam