Completely leaving aside the issue of what’s being protested - since this subforum is focused on the virus alone:
The protests are clearly massive, ongoing, and have totally disregarded the concept of distancing. I was at one of these protests last weekend. And I’ve been following the photos and livestreams from others. Yes, almost everyone is wearing masks. But these are not real, medical-grade masks. They’re mostly homemade, or simply bandanas.
These are not the same masks medical personnel have access to (or don’t, in some cases, but ideally should.) I’m seeing these crowds of people shoulder-to-shoulder or sitting on the ground all together, a foot apart or less. It scares the hell out of me, to be honest.
If they were all wearing real medical masks, that would be one thing. But now I’m starting to seriously worry that in about 5 days we’re going to see an explosion of COVID-19 cases reported by people who took part in these protests.
Is this a reasonable fear or are the homemade masks really going to get the job done in these situations?