Chemicals used by police may spread COVID-19: CDC director

The head of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday that police crowd-control chemicals cause coughing that could spread the coronavirus — and he will raise the matter with the White House task force.

CDC Director Robert Redfield told the House Appropriations Committee he fears George Floyd protests across the nation will become a “seeding event” for COVID-19 and noted high pre-protest transmission rates in some cities where demonstrations are taking place.

“Definitely coughing can spread respiratory viruses, including COVID-19,” Redfield said.


It is illegal to use tear gas in any war against any enemy, civilian or soldiers. But it is perfectly fine to use this chemical weapon against peaceful unarmed US citizens who are doing nothing more than exercising their right to protest and assemble.