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Protesting and Coronavirus

Time will tell. Will there be more cases of COVID-19?

It has been almost 10 days since major protests erupted across the United States and also in other areas of the world. We know that any church that starts to hold Sunday services should refrain from having a choir sing or the congregation join in singing--which is a normal way of expressing Godly praise. Take that fact and set it up against thousands of people 'in the streets' singing, yelling, chanting and one has to wonder what the impacts of COVID-19 will be on the people who partook in the demonstrations.Since we know the virus is still active, there should naturally be an uptick in COVID cases. Strange as it seems, people who faithfully stayed at home and social distanced for several months, overcame those actions by taking to the streets. It is an issue of risk management by individuals. How they perceive the risk of the disease and then weigh it against the need to take to the streets to contribute to another societal need. Come early July we will see how this all pans out.

Eric Holdeman is a contributing writer for Emergency Management magazine and is the former director of the King County, Wash., Office of Emergency Management.
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