Oklahoma State linebacker Amen Ogbongbemiga revealed on Tuesday that he tested positive for COVID-19 after attending a protest in Tulsa.
Ogbongbemiga, 21, a second-team All-Large 12 choice who completed with 100 tackles and 5 sacks final 12 months, made the announcement on Twitter, including that he was protecting of himself and others.
“After attending a protest in Tulsa AND being well protective of myself, I have tested positive for COVID-19. Please, if you are going to protest, take care of yourself, and stay safe,” he wrote.
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It is unclear which protest he attended in the metropolis, though some have been reportedly held over the weekend and early this week, Tulsa’s KTUL reported.
“The incubation period for COVID-19 is thought to extend to 14 days, with a median time of 4-5 days from exposure to symptoms onset,” in line with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
His positive take a look at comes as well being officers in the U.S. have raised considerations that the nationwide protests over the George Floyd dying in police custody might spark a wider unfold of the coronavirus amid months of stay-at-home orders to restrict virus’s unfold.
The packed mass demonstrations have seen many with out masks, some chanting, shouting or singing. These transmission strategies, together with coughing and sneezing, are methods the virus might be dispersed by way of microscopic droplets in the air. It is primarily thought to unfold from individual to individual contact inside shut distances, the CDC added.
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“I remain concerned about the public health consequences both of individual and institutional racism [and] people out protesting in a way that is harmful to themselves and to their communities,” Surgeon Basic Jerome Adams mentioned in an interview with Politico revealed Monday.
“Based on the way the disease spreads, there is every reason to expect that we will see new clusters and potentially new outbreaks moving forward,” Adams mentioned.
Adams mentioned he understands the frustrations from the African-American group following the actions of Derek Chauvin, the officer who kneeled on Floyd’s neck for greater than eight minutes.
He added there’s nonetheless a lot to do to be able to assist with the coronavirus restoration course of amongst communities of coloration and all through all of America, which could possibly be delayed additional because of the protests.
The U.S. has seen greater than 1,831,821 infections and at the least 106,000 deaths from the virus, which has disproportionately affected racial minorities.
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“There’s going to be rather a lot to do after this, even to attempt to get the communities of coloration again to the place they have to be for folks to have the ability to get well from Covid, and for folks to have the ability to get well from the shutdown and to have the ability to prosper,” he informed Politico.
Fox Information’ Edmund DeMarche contributed to this report