Recently, I wrote a commentary about the riots, in which I believed we will know by the end of the month whether or not the CDC guidelines are worthless or not. If on the other hand, we see increased cases of COVID-19, we may find out two things: how many locals were infected, and did people come from out-of-state to various protest sites? One of the things that many states have in place is when a person is diagnosed with having the virus, in addition to treatment, there is contact testing.
What the health professionals are trying to find out with contact testing is how many people did this person have contact with over a specific period of time. The reason this data is important is because the virus spreads through contact, especially when we have thousands upon thousands of people in these protests, who were up against each other, or sweating, marching, and/or looting. A person infected with the virus could spread it to hundreds of people.
Let me say that if we see a spike in the number of cases in the cities where protests and riots took place, then it is possible that people will die. It is impossible to tell, though, how many people will have died, because they were infected by unknown participants. The protesters could spread it not only to other people in the protest, but also if they were from out-of-town, they could take it back to where they’re from and spread it there.
We have seen numerous examples all over the world of how one person can, in fact, infect hundreds, if not thousands of people. So, what is the rioter to do if he finds out that he’s been infected with the virus? Will he be able to tell the health professionals the people that he has been in contact with over a period of time? What if that person is tested positive? Can he refuse direct contact testing? Is there any legal requirement to provide the information as to with whom you were in contact?
Sometimes people make decisions without fully understanding the consequences of their actions. Is it possible that protesters and looters didn’t pay attention to the guidelines from the CDC to protect themselves from the possibility of getting COVID-19? Many of the video clips of protesters shows them wearing masks. Not everyone did, but a good many wore masks. So, the question becomes: if you did not wear a mask and practice safe distancing, and you got COVID-19 and gave it to other people and one or more of those people die, can you be charged with a crime for your actions?
Is going to a protest and participating in a riot and looting, and acting in an irresponsible way that leads to a COVID-19 death, make you morally responsible, even if it is not against the law? Here is a quote about why people were taking the risk of spreading or getting COVID-19. They say it was worth protesting because, “People are going out into the streets because they feel like their lives depend on it, because one in every 1,000 black men could die at the hands of police.”
According to Black Demographics, there are 21 million black males in America. For the above statement to be true, then 21,000 black males would have to be killed by police each year. According to statista.com in 2019, 238 black men were killed by police. This is far, far less than the 21,000 alluded to in the quote above. Why is this important? Such misinformation given out to participants flames anger and causes decisions to be inappropriately made. The past two weeks we have had tens of thousands of people protesting in the streets, looting stores, and paying no attention to the CDC warnings about spreading COVID-19. It is certainly possible that the additional deaths in our country from irresponsible behavior may endanger the lives of more than 238 people.
NPR reported these two important facts:
v Nationally, African-American deaths from COVID-19 are nearly two times greater than would be expected based on their share of the population. In four states, the rate is three or more times greater.
v In 42 states plus Washington D.C., Hispanics/Latinos make up a greater share of confirmed cases than their share of the population. In eight states, it’s more than four times greater.
I have to ask the question. If African-Americans and Hispanics/Latinos receive a disproportional share of the virus and deaths, then why would protesters subject their communities to the possibility of increased infections and deaths?
As these protestors and looters return home and they become infected and cases rise by the end of June, I doubt they will provide information as to the people they were in contact with for direct contact testing. As a result, more Blacks and Hispanics will needlessly get sick and some may well die.
Dan Perkins is a published author of 4 novels on nuclear and biological terrorism against the United States and is a current events commentator for over 20+ news blogs. He recently has had commentaries posted on Flag&Cross and Clash Daily. He appears on radio and TV regularly many times a month. Dan’s newest show is called “America’s Cannabis Conversation,” on the W420radionetwork.com. More information on Perkins can be found on his web site: danperkins.guru