The Latest: How to protest safely in a pandemic
The racism ingrained in American life and the U.S. health care system has been amplified by the coronavirus. Data shows Black people are significantly more likely to die of Covid-19 than other groups in the U.S. due to long-standing economic, environmental, and health inequities.
The time between becoming infected with Covid-19 and symptom onset — if you have symptoms — is on average five to six days, though it can be longer. So it’s unknown what cases will look like until later. (Any reports blaming new cases on the protests happening right now are off base. Increases seen now are more likely from states and cities reopening.)
If you are protesting, here’s what you can do to lower your risk of getting Covid-19, and here’s why you should consider getting tested for the illness (as well as where to find free testing sites).
- A Covid-19 vaccine update: During a live Q&A with the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) on Tuesday, Dr. Anthony Fauci said the U.S. should have a “couple hundred million” doses of a Covid-19 vaccine by early 2021. Read more.
- At least 26,000 nursing home deaths: New data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services shows Covid-19 has killed 26,000 nursing home residents and 449 staff. NBC News reports that the figures are likely much higher. Read more.
- A 10-year recovery: A U.S. budget agency says the economy could take nearly a decade to fully recover Read more.
- New remdesivir data: Gilead Sciences released study data on Monday showing that the drug helped people with moderate disease recover faster when they received it for five days, but the benefit was not statistically significant when given for 10 days. Read more.
- Coronavirus bills: A Colorado man was billed more than $840,000 after he spent two weeks fighting Covid-19 in an intensive care unit, and he had insurance. Others have reported high bills for Covid-19 tests.
- Unemployment passes 40 million: Another 2.1 million unemployment claims were filed last week.
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“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.” — Dr. Tom Frieden, former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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