Despite public health warnings, new research suggests BLACK LIVES MATTER protests have not led to a spike in coronavirus cases across the country
A new study, published this month by the National Bureau of Economic Research, used data on protests from more than 300 of the largest cities in the US. This study found no evidence that coronavirus cases grew in the weeks following the beginning of the protests.
In fact, researchers came to the conclusion that social distancing behaviors actually went up after the protests. Mainly since the majority of people tried to avoid the protests altogether.
From the report:
“Our findings suggest that any direct decrease in social distancing among the subset of the population participating in the protests is more than offset by increasing social distancing behavior among others who may choose to shelter-at-home and circumvent public places while the protests are underway.”
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