The Black Lives Matter protests have taught us more about the coronavirus

And even though hundreds of thousands participated in the protests, that’s still a relatively small number compared to the total population of the cities involved — so it might be hard to notice transmission of the coronavirus at the protests. “The fact is that we will just never know for sure, because there’s too many moving parts,” Andrew Noymer, an epidemiologist at the University of California, Irvine, told BuzzFeed News. The surprising finding [was] that the protests caused an overall increase in social distancing in the cities in which they occurred ….