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Sun May 31, 2020, 05:49 PM

25. I have a public health background and I am also African-American

I have not forgotten about COVID-19. Last week, one of my biggest concerns was that everyone else was forgetting about it. The protests are certainly increasing contacts in ways that will facilitate the spread of COVID-19. But even before the protests people were getting reckless. Quite frankly, when I read about the curfews, the part of me wearing my public health hat is relieved because of the impact it might have on controlling the spread.

On the larger question of the dangers of COVID-19 relative to the dangers of being Black in America, I've been processing these two intersecting problems for the past two months. Every time someone has said something along the lines of "why can't we just let the healthy people go out and let the vulnerable ones stay inside?," I think to myself "what you are advocating is basically imprisoning all of Black America." Today, my focus is certainly more on one half of the intersecting problem than the other but, right now, I think that's okay. With the rush to reopen prematurely, the COVID-19 narrative wouldn't have been any better even in the absence of nationwide protests.

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