September 18, 2020

Public Health Expert To CNN: Protestors Safe From COVID, But Not Trump Supporters Attending Rallies

A former public health official explained to CNN on Thursday that protests are safe from the spread of COVID-19, while Trump rallies aren’t.

“The science tells us that this is a virus that does not discriminate. It does not care why the people are gather,” said Dr. Leana Wen. “But it does care about the conditions under which they’re gathering.”

She added that outdoor events are safer than those held indoors and emphasized the importance of wearing masks.

“And, I also, in this case, would distinguish between the behavior of the participants while at protests versus rallies. At protests, many people are aware of the risks and are doing everything they can do reduce that risk versus at many of these rallies we’re seeing people going in defiance and it’s their behavior during those events,” she added, citing a study showing that no surges in cases of the novel coronavirus were linked to any protests.

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