Thousands are protesting the death of George Floyd, an unarmed African American man, at the hands of a white police officer.
Experts are urging people to be as cautious as they can while at these mass gatherings because they can be a breeding ground for COVID-19.
Nina Fefferman,a mathematical epidemiologist and professor at the University of Tennessee Knoxville, says protesters need to wear masks and be cautious of transmission when they get home.
There is no way to completely eliminate the risk of contracting COVID-19 while protesting but Fefferman stresses, that shouldn't be a deterrent for participating.
"There is no single choice saying, well, coronavirus will do this because fo the protests, therefore don't protest. That's not even a medically sound conclusion because medicine is about keeping people safe and healthy."