The city of New York has not been reported to increase in the case of Covid-19, many of whom feared that this comes from weeks of mass protests against police brutality.
Indicators daily of the city of Covid-19 – cases, hospitalizations and deaths in June have steadily declined to levels last seen in early march, when the city had not yet closed its doors in anticipation of the first wave that has killed more than 22,000 people.
New York city reported 350 new cases per day over the last week, compared with 6 377 new cases at its peak on the 6th of April, according to data from the department of health of the city.
“It’s been over two weeks since the peak of the protests, and the virus incubation period is usually seven days,” said Dr. Peter Chin-Hong, professor of medicine and infectious disease specialist at UC San Francisco. “I’m so excited that all of these fears have not been realized. ”
The protesters have argued that if there was spread of the community, it was probably because of the actions of the police, such as officers of the NYPD not wearing masks, stopping, pushing and macant the protesters.
The public health officials said, as protests rose in the beginning of June, that systemic racism was a much more serious threat to the public health that the protests directed against him.
The American Public Health Association has seen racism as a public health crisis in the middle of national events and the pandemic coronavirus, which has caused harm or injury is disproportionate to New York’s black and brown and has led to overcrowding in these same communities.
“I understand that my risk of driving while black, running, in black – choose a saying – is extraordinarily high,” said Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association. “I believe that people make decisions based on the risk” by attending the events.
Late in the night of Tuesday, the health department of the city quietly released a report showing that the number of dead at the hands of the police was more than double what had been previously reported from 2010 to 2015 – and the vast majority of them unarmed killed at the hands of the police were black and latino.
Unlike the first wave of Covid-19 in New York city, the residents stay inside for months, and generally wear masks, and practicing better hand hygiene and social distancing when they come out – methods touted by the health department of the city on how to protest safely.
The demonstrations have also occurred outside, which limited the risk, according to the doctors. Some have added that the response of the police may be a greater risk of the spread of the virus as the events themselves.
“I am concerned about [police] the use of measures such as tear gas may be one way to improve the transmission, ” said Howard Koh, professor at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health and a former senior official of the public health of the Obama administration.
Mayor Bill de Blasio said last month that he wanted ” everyone to realize that when people gather, it is inherently dangerous in the context of this pandemic “.
On Wednesday, he praised the protesters for wearing masks, and said that “the real concentration” would have had to be on phase 1 of the reopening, not on the manifestations.
“So, we were looking for certainly what would be the impact of the protest, but much more what would be the impact of a Phase One on our dynamic global health?” he told reporters. “And as you saw with the indicators today, well enough to from that hour. We are never out of the woods, but what we have seen so far is encouraging. “