Staying Safe While Protesting
With all the current injustice of the world coming to light, we are all encouraged to see the strength of our communities nationwide.
However, it is still important to protect your health while peacefully protesting. Unfortunately, COVID-19 is still largely prevalent nationwide, and large gatherings are most at risk of contracting the virus. But these groups should not stop creating action just because of this risk, in fact, there are simple steps you can follow to keep in good health so that you can continue to take action and advocate for change.
Cover Your Face
When gathering, it is a good idea to wear a mask. Masks help stop the spread of the virus as they block the air from an infected person from transferring to another via the breath. You should ensure your mask is on correctly for best results, making sure it is tightly placed against the skin under the eyes and over the nose and mouth. If you find you’re struggling to breathe well or uncomfortable, there are different styles of masks that are available, some even with filters built in to help with airflow.
Washing your hands may be difficult to stop and do during a protest, but carrying hand sanitizer or wipes with you will help keep your hands clean. Remember, you should refrain from touching your face, eyes, nose, and mouth as much as possible to reduce your chances of contagion. Also, when looking for hand sanitizers, not all are as effective. The CDC recommends the use of sanitizers containing at least a 60% concentration of ethanol or 70% isopropyl alcohol. If you still feel that cleaning your hands regularly during walking will be difficult, wearing gloves may also help you keep good hand hygiene, just be sure to not touch your face even with gloves on.
Try to Keep your Distance
Staying at least six-feet apart further aids in reducing the spread of COVID-19. By keeping a distance from others, you are limiting the direct exposure you may have to the virus. This may be a difficult rule to follow, especially in a large group, but if you’re feeling any symptoms of COVID-19, we definitely recommend you follow regulation so that you don’t spread the virus to others.
Therefore, while you continue to safely protest, remember to also consider your health so that you can continue to stand with others. Often times, we can overlook the necessity to monitor our own wellbeing, especially when fighting to be heard, but keeping good health can ensure were available to endure the fight. More so, while those experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 may feel unable to stay home and out of the movement, if everyone keeps these few rules in mind, we can reduce the chance of viral spread while we stand together. There is a long path ahead towards reform and systematic change, but nothing, not even a virus, can stop the voices of thousands.