A wave of uneven, wave again. Before it came out of the shadow of the new corona, the United States was plunged into a deep pit of racial unrest. Protests have erupted across the country this past week. Last Monday’s violent police brutality in Minnesota, which led to the death of black suspect George Floyd, ignited a long-suppressed anger in the United States and prompted people in nearly 100 cities to take to the streets to protest.
Sina Technology Zheng Jun from Silicon Valley, USA
In major cities such as Minneapolis, New York, Atlanta, Chicago and San Francisco, demonstrators clashed with police, leading to rioting that led to extensive damage and looting of vehicles, buildings and shops.
The San Francisco Bay Area, where Silicon Valley is located, is also involved. Not only in big cities like San Jose, Oakland and San Francisco, but even small and medium-sized cities such as Milpitas and San Leandro have seen rioting by protesters confronting police, blocking highways, looting shopping malls, looting packaged vehicles and burning buildings along the road. The mayor of San Francisco has applied to move the National Guard to maintain law and order. As a result of the escalation, major Bay Area cities have declared emergency curfews, prohibiting people from going out between 8:30 p.m. and 5 a.m.
It is no exaggeration to say that this is the worst and widespread protests and unrest in the United States since 1968. On April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King, an African-American civil rights leader and advocate of nonviolent movements, was assassinated by a white man, triggering months of violent protests and social unrest in more than 100 cities across the United States, before the Johnson administration sent troops to a final level. The riots that year left more than 40 people dead, more than 2,500 injured and 15,000 arrested.
After days of protests and unrest, the Trump administration held a news conference today, asking states to mobilize the National Guard to occupy the streets and threatening to use all resources, including the military, to maintain order and calm the unrest if the state is uncertain. Two hundred federal troops have been stationed at the White House to protect the president. Nearly 5,000 people have been arrested across the United States for participating in protests and riots.
Yet there is a more grim and intractable backdrop to the 2020 Us protests, the new crown outbreak. The United States is the world’s worst country for the new corona. According to Hopkins University (JHU), more than 1.81 million people have been confirmed and more than 105,000 have died in the United States. To make matters worse, the wave of protests will almost certainly make the outbreak prevention and control in the United States even more severe.
While home control sprees have been lifted across the United States, not because the outbreak has been effectively contained, but because the United States can no longer afford to stop: more than 40 million people are out of work, the economy is in a deep recession, and government revenues and people’s mental pressures are already overburdened. Although the number of outbreaks is still growing, since the summer, people everywhere have gone out to play, completely ignoring the horrors of the new corona virus. After the Floyd incident, emotional protesters took to the streets to express their anger at police violence and perhaps vent two months of pent-up frustration with home control.
Epidemic prevention and control officials and experts believe that large-scale crowding activities are the most likely to spread the new coronavirus, after the spread of the outbreak in Italy showed that several infected patients may cause hundreds of people around the infection. From this perspective, the protests sweeping across the United States will almost certainly lead to a new wave of new population spreads. A new wave of outbreaks is likely to peak in the United States over the next two weeks. Moreover, protests have gathered in densely populated metropolitan areas, which were once the hardest hit by the outbreak.
Experts specifically pointed out that while many demonstrators wore masks, few people kept their social distance, and that in such a dense crowd, ordinary masks were not an effective way to protect against the virus. Both peaceful protesters and violent vandals face the same risk of spreading the virus. But with the mentality that wearing it is better than not, health departments in some cities took to the streets to give protesters free masks.
More seriously, when the crowd shouted slogans, they had the strongest ability to spread the virus. Police used tear gas to disperse the protesters, which caused them to sneeze, wipe away tears and cough violently, increasing the risk of the virus spreading. In addition, the police have made large arrests of violent demonstrators, and police cars and detention centres are also high-risk environments for the spread of the virus.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottom advised people to take a new coronanucleic acid test if they took part in Sunday’s protest. Scott Gottlieb, the former head of the FDA, predicts that the massive protests of the past week could lead to a chain spread of the virus, posing challenges to outbreak prevention and control.
Mark Shrime, a public health expert at Harvard University, told US media that after so many protests, it is not a question of whether a new wave of outbreaks will occur, but when and where. Maimuna Majumder, an epidemic researcher at Harvard Medical School, also believes that the protests lead to an increased risk of Covid-19 transmission, which is hardly a doubt.
Blacks were the main stay of mass racial discrimination protests in the United States, and they were among the worst affected by the new U.S. crown outbreak. There is also serious racial inequality in the new corona outbreak. Official U.S. figures show that while blacks make up only 13 percent of the U.S. population, they account for a quarter of the new deaths. The main reason why blacks are the hardest-hit areas is that poverty leads to their widespread basic diseases, and the medical conditions in the places where they gather are poor, and they can’t be effectively tested and treated.
Perhaps knowing that the outbreak would not stop protesters from taking to the streets, doctors and experts could only back down, advising them to use loudspeakers and large banners as much as possible to express their demands, to avoid shouting and spreading droplets and viruses, and, if so, to wear goggles to reduce the risk of the virus and the power of tear gas. However, as Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has said, while protests are sure to lead to the spread of the outbreak, the immediate priority now is to calm the protests and violence as soon as possible.
In fact, the u.S. federal government’s mind is not on outbreak control. The new crown outbreak control team has not held a press conference for several weeks, although it has not been disbanded. Even U.S. chief infectious disease expert John Fucci says he has less and less recent opportunities to see Trump because of fewer outbreak group meetings. Asked if Mr. Trump had recently discussed vaccines with himself, Mr. Fauci replied directly, no.
However, the Trump administration has made it clear that it will not reimpose regulations even if the outbreak escalates again.