Protesters Put National Guard in Danger

Protesters Put National Guard in Danger

( – Americans spent weeks locked in their homes in an attempt to stop the spread of COVID-19. Our economy took a massive hit and millions of people lost their jobs. When protests began over the death of George Floyd, the country was just starting to recover. The virus was trending down and states were opening back up.

Those protests led to riots and the National Guard had to patrol the streets of some cities to keep citizens safe. Unfortunately, those service members are now paying for that.

Consequences of DC Riots

Washington DC was one of the cities that became a hotbed for riots. President Donald Trump called the National Guard after criminals clashed with police, defaced monuments, set fire to a church, and damaged other properties. About 1,300 DC National Guard (DCNG) members were protecting the city. As a result, some service members contracted COVID-19.

Air Force Lt. Col. Brooke Dais, spokesperson for the DCNG, said, “We can confirm that we have had COVID-19 positive test results…”

Concern Mounts

The US is still in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak. The virus didn’t go away because people wanted to protest. In fact, health officials believe there may be a spike because of these protests. Remember, the crowds we’ve seen in cities across the country number in the thousands. Even if a city is in Phase 2 of the economic reopening, large size gathering isn’t recommended. The White House plan says crowds shouldn’t be over 50 people.

Dr. Anthony Fauci said he’s “very concerned” about the spread of the virus because of the protests. The National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NAIAD) director discussed the situation during an interview with radio station WTOP. He said the crowds at these events are the “perfect set up” for spreading the coronavirus.

The DCNG troops who tested positive are learning that the hard way. Through no fault of their own, their lives were put in danger because people could not respect the law and assemble peacefully. Hopefully, the troops don’t sustain permanent damage to their lungs like many of the other people who’ve had the misfortune of catching the virus.

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