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As protests of police brutality against black people continue to grip the country following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, some police forces — including in Madison and Milwaukee — have leaned on the firing of throat-stinging tear gas to disperse crowds.
Public health experts are warning that the tactic increases the risk of respiratory ailments such as COVID-19, Mike Baker reports for The New York Times.
“Along with the immediate pain that can cause watering eyes and burning throats, tear gas may cause damage to people’s lungs and make them more susceptible to getting a respiratory illness, according to studies on the risks of exposure,” Baker reports. “The gas can also incite coughing, which can further spread the virus from an infected person.”
Corrosive effects of tear gas could intensify coronavirus pandemic — The New York Times
Facing coronavirus losses, UW System wants special legislative session for line of credit, early fall semester — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
COVID-19 milestone: 1 out of 1,000 in county have tested positive — Green Bay Press-Gazette
Portage, Baraboo police see impact of COVID-19 shutdown on mental health — Baraboo News Republic
Protesting in a pandemic: Wear masks, wash hands, get tested — The Cap Times
Data to note
The Racine metro area is the nation’s fourth fastest-growing hotspot for COVID-19 deaths, according to The New York Times. Racine has seen 22 recent deaths, and deaths as of Wednesday were on pace to double every 12.2 days, according to the newspaper’s ongoing analysis. Racine is behind just 11 communities on another measure: “metro areas with the greatest number of recently announced cases and deaths, relative to their population.”
Our partners at WisContext offer this statewide visualization of known COVID-19 cases and deaths per capita.
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