Testing of protesters could reshape COVID-19 thinking in Minnesota



Protesters gathered at 38th Street and Chicago Avenue in Minneapolis, where George Floyd was killed, in May.

COVID-19 testing of protesters in the Twin Cities could reshape the world's understanding and response to the pandemic, especially if the result is no increase in cases of the infectious disease.

The assumption following the protests over the May 25 death of George Floyd is that these masses of humanity would spread the novel and highly infectious coronavirus that causes COVID-19, but the proof will come through free testing being offered this month near protest sites in Minneapolis and St. Paul and results from protesters who seek tests from their doctors.

"The data from these events, both in Minnesota and at the broader level, that will all help inform our understanding of how this virus acts and how it affects our population," said Kris Ehresmann, state infectious disease director.



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