I understand all that Sophie. I am sure protesters were not masked and many rioters were not masked (or if they were smart would have been!)sophie wrote: ↑Mon Sep 14, 2020 9:09 am
Cortopassi, the study you are looking for has effectively already been done. Take a look at photos of the early June Black Lives Matter protests in New York City. I bet the photos were carefully vetted to maximize the number of mask wearers shown, but you can easily find non-mask wearing protesters in the photos - especially those shouting into megaphones in the middle of a densely packed crowd. Or masks worn incorrectly, e.g. under the nose. And I doubt very much that rioters, who weren't photographed, were wearing masks. Also of note, many in the audience are people of color (especially those not wearing masks), who have been shown to be especially vulnerable to COVID.
Then take a look at the COVID-19 daily case data published for New York City:
Select "cases, hospitalizations, and deaths". Notice the shape of the curve dropping gradually through May, June, and July (and still dropping). There is no bump in cases following those protests, which you would expect from such risky behavior. QED.
But I can't reconcile that with the government at all levels telling us to social distance and wear masks and Trump, coming in like this outsider, flaunts ALL of it. If it was 2016 and he was a candidate, maybe. But he is the leader of the government putting out these dictates.
If the band director at our high school took our 140 kids one practice night, told them take off your masks, lets practice this routine like we were supposed to before Covid, the band would be SHUT DOWN instantly. He'd probably get fired.
But Trump gets to get away with it. Are the optics not bad with this?
He has such apparent balls at times going off the cuff. But he won't step over that virus line verbally at least. Come out and say it's overblown. Say we should go for herd immunity and just protect those at risk. His supporters would love that. I would like that. He rails into everything else at his rallies, but he's apparently very careful with his wording and staying away from death counts, etc. Just makes blanket statements like "Open the Schools" without any idea how to actually get that done.