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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.”

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Chemical agents, including tear gas, are used by Madison police officers on State Street in the early evening on Saturday. People had gathered to protest the killing of a black man in Minneapolis, George Floyd, by a white police officer.

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“My dad and my mom are in meetings like 24 by seven almost. And my sister’s too young to help me with my work. My mom is much more tense than she wants us to see. Usually she would try to finish everything at her office. Now I see that she has much more work. My dad — he has free time, so he constantly checks on me and my sister. But my mom, she is usually locked up in her room for most of the day.”

Aadya, a third grader at Madison Country Day School, speaking to WPR’s Wisconsin Life about school during the pandemic.

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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