Teargas and pepper spray will accelerate spread of Covid-19, doctors warn

Posted by on June 6, 2020 6:00 am
Categories: Global Stories

As crowds protest across the US, more than 1,000 medical experts raise fears police tactics could worsen the pandemic

Doctors, nurses and disease experts have warned that dousing crowds with teargas and pepper spray will accelerate the spread of coronavirus as mass demonstrations against police brutality rage on, raising concerns that police tactics could worsen a pandemic that has already taken a disproportionate toll on black and brown Americans.

Nearly 1,300 medical providers and public health experts have signed a petition this week calling for police to stop using the chemical agents, amid scenes of law enforcement officers launching plumes of chemical irritants and smoke to subdue demonstrators in Minneapolis, Philadelphia, New York and many other American cities.

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