Deceptive Media Headline BLAMES Additional Coronavirus Cases in Kentucky on Protests

The headline which is shown below uses the phrase: “Kentucky sees highest spike in coronavirus cases after protests against lockdown,” implying that the spike in cases somehow has something to do with recent protest, that took place 3 days ago.

According to The Hill, citing the specific article, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear (D) announced in a press conference Sunday that 273 new cases of COVID-19 had emerged, the highest Beshear has announced so far. This brings the current state case count to 2,960, per the Kentucky Department of Health. And 148 fatalities have been reported.

 

This comes after protests surged in Frankfort last week against Beshear’s restrictions, disrupting an evening news conference. The Lexington Herald-Leader noted that about 100 Kentuckians joined the protest, arguing that businesses needed to reopen after more than 500,000 Kentuckians filed for unemployment in March.

Currently, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)Trusted Source, the incubation period for the novel coronavirus is somewhere between 2 to 14 days after exposure.

With the incubation period still an educated guess and the number of people identified at the rally, it would be very hard to pin these new cases on a single non-violent protest of around 100 people.

 

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