Updated: Jan 25
While conservative protesters urge the government to reopen, doctors continue to stress the need to stay home and practice social distancing.
by Lizzy Alspach
Protesters in Florida. Photo: AP.
All over the world, countries are on lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus––or as it is scientifically known, COVID-19.
The coronavirus is a respiratory disease that is especially harmful to people with weakened immune systems, such as cancer survivors, the elderly, and newborns. With a whopping 1.61 million confirmed cases in the United States out of 5.08 million confirmed cases worldwide, doctors continue to urge Americans to stay home and practice social distancing in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
However, states such as Florida and Georgia have begun to reopen, despite the warnings of healthcare officials.
On top of this, many conservative protesters in Michigan, Ohio, and North Carolina have recently gathered around prominent government buildings to protest against quarantine restrictions. Protesters have been seen openly carrying automatic firearms, as well as signs, Confederate flags, and among the most radical, neo-Nazi posters.
A protester outside the Michigan state house. Photo: AP.
These protesters have rallied against social distancing regulations, while also rallying for what they call their right to live their lives freely as citizens of the United States. Protesters claim that the state of emergency violates their rights under the Constitution, as it prohibits them from going out to do activities that they want to.
Some protesters even go as far to claim that the pandemic is a hoax, despite facts from all over the world that show the harmful impact of the coronavirus. The “plandemic,” as some conservative protesters have come to call it, was created by Democrats in order to hurt President Trump’s reelection campaign. Some conservatives have also come to claim that they should not be required to wear masks, claiming it is “their body their choice,” a statement that seems to directly contradict their perspectives on abortion.
Cases of COVID-19 in Michigan have skyrocketed. As a result, doctors and nurses have mobilized in counter protests to aid in stopping the spread of the coronavirus.
President Trump has recommended that Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer negotiate with the protesters. The GOP-led state house has also urged the governor to raise the state of emergency in Michigan.
Nevertheless, doctors' guidance on COVID-19 maintains that the way to help end the pandemic and state of emergency is to continue to stay home and practice social distancing.
With many hospitals reaching capacity, doctors believe it is crucial that Americans continue to stay home to ensure the safety of not only themselves, but the people around them.