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Stay safe while you protest during a pandemic

protests during pandemic

“Protesting is a really important mechanism for social change, and this is a moment in our nation’s history when social change is so desperately and deeply needed,” says Neil Maniar, a professor of the practice in the Bouvé College of Health Sciences and director of Northeastern’s Master of Public Health program. He points out the necessity to speak up against the racial injustices that the group of minorities faces in the United States for a prolonged time, though the current situation of coronavirus pandemic has given rise to the perils of both the virus and the protest.


Last few months, everyone has witnessed the death of three African-Americans, namely George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery due to unjust police violence, which has triggered many protests in the nation. The huge gatherings of the protesters have also sparked up anticipation surrounding the pandemic, which has likely affected the African-Americans more than the white people in the U.S. The reason behind this could be summed up to their active participation in the frontline positions and difficulty in access to the coronavirus testing methods.


Though freedom of protesting is a crucial part of human rights that cannot be denied from any man, the protesters should keep the important points in mind to prevent the spread of the virus. Neil Maniar has lent out the essential steps that the protesters should follow, those are:


  1. Stay home if you notice any symptoms to ensure your safety as well as your fellow protesters.
  2. Carry your food and water to avoid sharing.
  3. Avoid public transportation. Walk, bike, or drive to the destination.
  4. Wear a well-fitted mask, carry a hand sanitiser, and avoid touching your face.
  5. Stick with the people you’re familiar with or someone who is taking the same precautionary measures.
  6. Wash your hands and clothes and sanitise everything that you carried, after you return home.
  7. Monitor your health conditions and if symptoms surface, immediately contact your health care provider.


Stay safe and cautious.


Rubena Bose