“WHO [The World Health Organization] fully supports equality and the global movement against racism. We reject discrimination of all kinds. We encourage all those protesting around the world to do so safely.” – WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
How to safely protest
At the height of the global pandemic, people in the US and around the world are gathering to protest trenchant, systemic racism that is disproportionately killing people of color. From police brutality to social determinants of health inequalities amplified by COVID-19, the twin crises have implications on each other.
The good news is that the virus does not spread as easily outdoors during daylight, but it is still important to maintain social distancing guidelines whenever possible. Acknowledging the challenge in following infectious disease safety protocols in the middle of heavily populated protests, the WHO asks that protesters keep a minimum of 3.3 feet of distance from others.
Wearing a face mask and shatter-resistant swimming goggles can help protect against the virus and chemical agents. Bring and use hand sanitizer containing either 70% isopropyl alcohol or 60% ethanol alcohol. If you’re sick, please stay home. Amnesty International has also provided a protest safety guide.
How to safely vote
States are working to make vote-by-mail possible for voters concerned about exposure at their polling station.
If voting in-person, wear a face mask and do the best you can to follow social distancing guidelines.
For a list of state-by-state voting updates during COVID-19 visit vote.org