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Doctor urges protesters to wear masks, social distance

Posted at 5:23 PM, Jun 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-01 19:39:49-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Hundreds, if not thousands, of people have attended protests in the Capital, raising questions on how safe it is to protest in the wake on the pandemic.

One medical professional says wearing masks and spreading apart as much as possible is most important; however, social distancing seems to be a bit of a challenge.

Most in attendance were wearing their masks and even had gloves on as they held signs, recognizing the health crisis the nation is still undergoing.

Dr. Henry Lewis says big crowds right now are nerve racking.

"There's no such thing as social distancing while protesting," Lewis said. "At least that hasn’t occurred quite just yet. But I am concerned that we may be putting ourselves in a situation where we are increasing the possibility of us contracting COVID-19 because we are not either wearing a mask or keeping a safe social distance between one another.”

Lewis says those who are out need to space out as much as possible, bring hand sanitizer, wear masks, preferably those that are cotton, and people handing out water and food should have on gloves.

"You’ve got to know that you can spread the virus even if you’re presymptomatic," said Lewis. "You may be positive and you don’t even know, and then you cough on somebody and now all of a sudden they test positive as well. So I think we’ve got to make sure the people that are protesting at least have a handkerchief or a mask or something over their face.”

The number of protesters have decreased from over the weekend, but Lewis is urging all protesters to play it safe.

If there are too many people crowded together, move further away if possible.