Andrey (azangru) wrote,

Learnt via Hacker News: apparently, there’s an open letter signed by over 1000 health care workers, which urges not to use epidemiological risks as a reason to shut down protests.

infectious disease experts must be clear and consistent in prioritizing an anti-racist message.
COVID-19 among Black patients is yet another lethal manifestation of white supremacy.
However, as public health advocates, we do not condemn these gatherings as risky for COVID-19 transmission. We support them as vital to the national public health and to the threatened health specifically of Black people in the United States. We can show that support by facilitating safest protesting practices without detracting from demonstrators' ability to gather and demand change. This should not be confused with a permissive stance on all gatherings, particularly protests against stay-home orders.

(from CNN)

I don’t see how it can be anything but a political stance. If "safest practices" exist that do not detract from people’s ability to gather, then why are stay-home orders still in place?

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