With hundreds gathering for protests against racism over the weekend, medical professionals are reminding everyone to stay as healthy and safe as possible.
The Oklahoma County Health Department released a statement on Facebook encouraging everyone who has attended large gatherings to get tested for COVID-19.
In addition, the department encouraged people to take advantage of mental health resources at OCCHD.org/resources.
Dr. Dale Bratzler with OU Medicine said medical professionals are concerned about the disease spreading. He said even in a crowd, physically distancing yourself is important.
“A lot of public health experts around the country are worried that there could be potentially some outbreaks of COVID-19 that are related to the protests that are ongoing,” Bratzler said.
As protests against racism continue, Bratzler encourages demonstrators to wear masks in order to protect themselves and others.
“Absolutely, by far the most important intervention that people can do to protect others and potentially even themselves is to wear a mask,” Bratzler said.