‘Protest Is a Profound Public Health Intervention.’ Why So Many Doctors Are Supporting Protests in the Middle of the COVID-19 Pandemic

When massive protests broke out across the country in response to the police killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and numerous black Americans before them, Dr. Rhea Boyd saw the demonstrations not just as a necessary risk during a pandemic. The California-based pediatrician considered them lifesaving.

“If people were to understand that racism, and all of the social and political…

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