Lockdown protesters are gathering from far and wide and then retreating back far and wide, potentially carrying the coronavirus around the U.S. in dramatic fashion, according to a study that tracked protesters anonymously via cell phones.
Committee to Protect Medicare (CPM) conducted the research using "opt-in" cellphone apps and VoteMap used it to track movements at late April protests in Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Colorado, and Florida, The Guardian reported.
"The behavior we're seeing at protests carries a high risk of infection," Dr. Rob Davidson, CPM executive director told The Guardian. "We can see protesters are going from a highly concentrated event and then dispersing widely."
Davidson has run for Congress as a Democrat and his medicare advocacy group includes 300 "doctors who are concerned that the healthcare for their patients has become unaffordable," per the report.
Davidson's social media posts have been critical of Trump, because of the president's "distrust in public health," adding "Donald Trump has fomented in his movement," according to the Guardian.
Epidemiologists have warned large gatherings can spread COVID-19 widely, and a North Carolina protest leader from late April has tested positive for the virus, but has maintained she would attend future rallies, The Guardian reported.
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