There’s a lot of flip-flopping going on when it comes to advice about socializing as America reopens after the coronavirus crisis, especially when it comes to the Left.
Going to church? That’s a bad idea because you could get infected.
Protesting the killing of a black man by a white police officer? The more, the merrier – no virus to worry about here!
For example, Zero Hedge shared some Twitter posts from the director of the CDC during the Obama administration, Tom Frieden. In a tweet last week, he said, “The threat to Covid control from protesting outside is tiny compared to the threat to Covid control created when governments act in ways that lose community trust. People can protest peacefully AND work together to stop Covid. Violence harms public health.”
Compare this to one of his tweets from last month, when he wrote, “Gatherings – such as the one at this rural Arkansas church – can be fatal and social distancing life-saving” before sharing a graphic entitled, “Covid-19 spreads easily in group gatherings” and shows how two people at church events spread the virus throughout the community. So the virus only spreads through people who attend church and not protestors?
In another tweet that defies logic, Johns Hopkins University Associate Professor Dr. Jennifer Nuzzo said: “We should always evaluate the risks and benefits of efforts to control the virus. In this moment the public health risks of not protesting to demand an end to systemic racism greatly exceed the harms of the virus.”
A few months earlier, she had been saying that she supports social distancing and that we were “definitely not overreacting to the threat of the pandemic.”
If these people really felt that black lives mattered, they wouldn’t encourage people to be packing into protests in close vicinity of one another. After all, the coronavirus crisis in the U.S. has been disproportionately affecting minorities, especially those living in crowded urban areas. And many of these people are the same ones we’re seeing packed like sardines into squares shouting their protest mantras without wearing masks.
We all know by now that the virus can be transmitted by talking or even breathing, and carriers can be contagious even when they don’t display any symptoms. Take a look at any photo of the protests in American cities, and you’ll see just how little social distancing is actually occurring.
Local leaders urging protestors to take precautions
CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield said that protesters should be tested for the virus, saying that he thinks these protests could be seeding events, especially in urban areas. NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, meanwhile, has urged protestors to wear masks and practice social distancing.
The mayor of Atlanta, Keisha Lance-Bottoms, has said she is “extremely concerned” about the virus spreading and said the protests were distracting her from dealing with the pandemic. At a press conference, she told people who had attended protests they probably need to get tested, and she later pointed out to CNN that “people of color are getting hit harder.” In Georgia, more African Americans have contracted the virus in the state than any other race.
Meanwhile, Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has said that she is concerned about what the mass gatherings in city streets could mean for the spikes in COVID-19 cases later. She said that everyone should consider whether they need to self-isolate and get tested after all the hard work they’ve done to try to keep the virus under control there.
As America emerges from lockdown, 22 states are seeing new coronavirus cases climbing once again, with eight holding steady. In Florida, the number of new cases reported daily has risen by an average of 46 percent during the past week as the state headed into its second phase of reopening.
It’s clear that social gatherings of any type are risky in the current environment, but the Left never misses an opportunity to twist the facts to suit their narrative.
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