Doctors urge protesters to protect themselves against COVID-19

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EDINBURG – Protests are happening all across Texas. They are calling for justice in the death of George Floyd, but we are still in a pandemic.

While some are marching with masks, others are walking around without one.

We are in a pandemic and health experts are warning the public that COVID-19 is still spreading.

“I don’t want people to take this in any way, I’m not trying to say should you protest or not. This virus is transmitted person to person. If you don’t practice precaution when you are in a large group then you are more likely to get that infection and transmit it to other people,” said Dr. Jose Campo Maldonado.

Dr. Campo Maldonado is an infectious disease specialist. Throughout the Rio Grande Valley, many communities are seeing an increase in confirmed cases.

Carlos Sanchez is the Hidalgo County Information officer and said with less restriction and more testing is leading to more positive results.

“The numbers have already gone up this week already. I wouldn’t necessarily call it a spike but the trend lines are leaning in an upward trajectory,” he said.

For people who protest now, it can take as long as two weeks for the virus to show and that’s a concern for county leaders.

“Any time there’s a potential mass gathering, we were concerned over Mother’s Day weekend, we were concerned over Easter because we knew that the traditions of Hidalgo County are to get together,” said Sanchez.

The four Rio Grande Valley counties are urging people not gather in large groups. Dr. Maldonado said if you choose to go outside and protest you should protect yourself.

“Keep your distance from each other, six feet or more. And you cover your nose and face and you still have hand sanitizer or something to protect yourself,” he said.

Doctors stress there’s an incubation period for the virus, if you are feeling sick days or weeks after protesting contact your doctor. Also, if you’re feeling sick before you protest, stay home.

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