How to Be Safe Attending Cincinnati Protests During the Coronavirus Pandemic

If you’re out protesting, and want to stay safe from COVID-19, experts recommend the following steps:

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Exercising your First Amendment right is part of being a responsible citizen in this country. Unfortunately for those wanting to protest police brutality and racial injustice against black people, we are also in the midst of a global pandemic that spreads very easily.

So, if you’re out protesting, and want to stay safe from COVID-19, experts recommend the following steps:

Before the protest:

1. Wear a mask

2. Bring a back-up mask

3. Bring hand sanitizer

4. Wear goggles or something that protects your eyes

5. Bring plenty of water

6. Find a smaller protest if possible

7. DO NOT GO IF YOU’RE FEELING SICK.

8.. Do not protest if you’re immunocompromised. There are other ways to help

9. Make a sign or bring a noisemaker instead of yelling (yelling could emit more droplets of COVID-19)

During the protest:

10. Stay with a buddy group to reduce close contact with others

11. Sanitize your hands periodically

12. Maintain safe distance from others

13. Avoid shaking hands and high-fiving

14. If you get teargassed, try to avoid rubbing your eyes and nose

After the protest:

15. Wash your hands immediately

16. Take your clothes off and wash throw them in the washer or store them somewhere to wash later

17. Take a shower

18. Consider quarantining for 14-days if you haven’t followed any of the previous steps

19. After four days of not protesting, take a COVID-19 test if possible


Information from this post was taken from experts at VoxLiveScience and The Guardian.

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