Cautious Optimism about Protests and COVID-19

Protests in Minnesota don’t seem to have resulted in a spike in COVID-19 illnesses so far. Looking at the state’s data, cases seem to be headed down, as do hospitalizations. But the numbers remain worrisome, as hospitalizations haven’t declined by much, and daily reported deaths remain relatively high (with 25 as of the last update). I’ll be interested to see real studies that evaluate whether the protests led to any measurable uptick in cases.

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