Health experts concerned protests could spread coronavirus - FOX34 Lubbock

Health experts concerned protests could spread coronavirus

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19th & University May 30, 2020 19th & University May 30, 2020
LUBBOCK, Texas -

Health experts across the country are warning of a potential second wave of COVID-19 caused by protests.

"Whenever we see a group or crowd together, that's something that we're always watching and concerned about," Katherine Wells, Lubbock's public health director, said.

While large gatherings are a concern, Wells said she has seen demonstrators practicing some safety measures.

"In a lot of the news footage and pictures, individuals did have masks on, so that does reduce the spread," she said. "It's also good that they are outside. More of the spread we've seen has been in enclosed buildings."

The city still has new cases everyday, she said, and she urges residents to be mindful of that.

Dr. Richard Lampe, a professor of pediatrics at the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center, said shouting and singing can spray respiratory bugs even farther than six feet. Since social distancing is difficult in these situations, he recommends wearing a face mask.

"The mask prevents that from happening, and by wearing it, I wear it to protect other people. But at the same time, it may also provide some protection to the individuals," Lampe said.

He also said it is not necessary for people to get tested for COVID-19 if they have participated in protests.

"The testing is a one day test, you know what it is that day, but you aren't going to know what it is the next day or the next," Lampe said. "No, that's not recommended at the present time. I'd follow the guidelines that my physician or healthcare provider offers."

Wells urges residents to use common sense and look at your risk factors. She said there will always be risks when gathering in crowds.

 

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