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6 steps you should take to keep your family safe

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We are seeing thousands of people showing up for rallies in cities, towns and villages across the US, demanding justice for George Floyd and others who have been mistreated because of race.

Now some participants are asking, "How do I know if, based on my participation in these rallies, I have been infected with corona virus? Or am I infecting others?"

Experts say it take several weeks before the full impact of the protests on community transmission of Covid-19 is known.

Meanwhile, an article on NPR suggests six steps to consider.

1. After demonstrating, the first thing you should do once you come home is take a shower and wash all your clothes.

2. Five to seven days after participating in your event, get tested.

3. Maintain social distance from people in your home, especially those in the high-risk categories. Do this for up to 2 weeks.

4. Wear masks, even indoors. The article suggests that people can be most infectious right before and during the time they start showing symptoms.

5. Hold off on hugs.

6. While on the streets stay safe.

We realize that those who are participating in protests want to be seen and are demanding to be heard. But stories that have been written by friends of Hudson Valley Parent, show that, for some, it can be devastating when Covid-19 hits.

This is a time to make a difference, but make sure you keep safe and be kind to others.




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