NPR Posts Letter with Health Experts' Safety Suggestions for Protesters -- And They're Ridiculous

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A protestor gets in the face of riot police in Minneapolis, Minnesota, May 29, 2020. (Townhall Media/Julio Rosas)

For months, we’ve heard one, constant refrain from doctors, medical experts, and the members of Vice President Mike Pence’s White House (Wuhan) Coronavirus Task Force. Wash your hands, stay home if you’re ill, and keep your social distance from other human beings –at least six feet. We’ve even been subjected to standing in lines outside big-box stores and “helpful” stickers on the floor of the supermarket to remind us how to behave the way our betters told us to.


But it seems that some of those same health authorities have changed their tune — on a dime.

Earlier on Tuesday night, my colleague Sister Toldjah shared the frustrations one pharmacist is feeling about our nation’s leaders basically shrugging their shoulders at the lack of social distancing during the protests and riots after the death of George Floyd. Here are just two of the tweets in the thread he wrote (but make sure to read the whole thing):

Now, progressive news broadcaster NPR is reporting that “dozens” of health experts have literally signed off on protesters and rioters doing whatever they want — including not social distancing.

In an article published on their website Monday, Bill Chappell wrote:

Mass protests that have erupted over police brutality toward black people in America are raising concerns about the risk of spreading the coronavirus. But some health experts, even as they urge caution, said they support the demonstrations — because racism also poses a dire health threat.


The article continued, explaining the letter’s origin:

Initially written by infectious disease experts at the University of Washington, the letter cited a number of systemic problems, from the disproportionately high rate at which black people have been killed by police in the U.S. to disparities in life expectancy and other vital categories — including black Americans’ higher death rate from the coronavirus.

The letter also contained this medical opinion: “White supremacy is a lethal public health issue that predates and contributes to COVID-19.”

Now, I might have a bad memory. But that doesn’t sound like anything we heard from Drs. Fauci or Birx, or even the CDC, when it comes to COVID-19.

Instead of the warnings and dire predications about the virus and how easy it is to spread (I think the term was “community spread”), here are some of the ridiculous suggestions this group is giving the folks roaming U.S. streets after government-mandated, lawful curfews:

Health experts urged protesters not to sing and shout to reduce the threat of person-to-person transmission. And they cautioned that police tactics such as tear gas and pepper spray could exacerbate the situation by prompting people to cough and gasp for air.


It also quotes an Ivy League professor:

“Risk of transmission is lower in open spaces, but wherever there is a gathering there is still the risk of transmitting the virus,” said Dr. Elaine Nsoesie, an assistant professor of global health at Boston University.

Wait a minute. “Risk of transmission is lower in open spaces”?! You mean, like on beaches? Someone page the governor of California.

Getting mad yet? This letter, while it may have been penned by medical personnel, is nothing more than a thinly-veiled political agenda aimed at the social justice crowd. Back in early April, there was a hint that something like this was brewing, when RedState‘s Jeff Charles wrote about Democrats’ demands for racial data on COVID-19.

What these types of stories, one after another, tell me is it’s plain that this is all a game to the Left. They don’t care about people dying or their life savings going down the toilet, when governors force their small businesses to stay shuttered for months at a time. All they care about is accruing and staying in power. When it’s convenient to lock the American people up in their homes or in hospital rooms where their loved ones can’t say their last goodbye, or forbidden them from enjoying the beach or gathering to worship, but it’s not the same for others whom they happen to agree with politically, there’s just one word for it: hypocrisy.


You can read the whole letter (in Google Doc form) here.


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