People across the country have taken to the streets—often in cars—to protest the "stay at home" orders of their state governments.
Now healthcare workers, the group that would most suffer from a premature end to social distancing, are mounting counter-protests of their own.
Tensions are undoubtedly high across the country.
The economy is nearly frozen, with 22 million people filing for unemployment since early March. People are itching for a return to the way things were before all of the virus restrictions that now dominate daily life.
Health officials, however, continue to push against a hasty return to normal, even in states that still have not seen high numbers of cases or deaths.
Despite those warnings, Americans in multiple states are evidently fed up with precaution and driven to protest. And no, social distancing guidelines have not been upheld during these demonstrations and for some reason many have taken to protesting at hospitals, interfering in their ability to serve patients.
Opponents of Michigan's social distancing measures blocked a hospital entrance in protest. "The cars were blockingâ�¦ https://t.co/3GjM1vCVic— Kyle Griffin (@Kyle Griffin)1587060002.0
Sorry, Ladbrokes is not taking any bets that these are the same jabronis that objected to BLM protests because theyâ�¦ https://t.co/uZhedUts6R— Craig Buschmann (@Craig Buschmann)1586977163.0
Just know that if I ever see a protest blocking an ambulance from getting to a hospital I WILL drive my car throughâ�¦ https://t.co/URCGzgCSoq— Tipsy (@Tipsy)1587064786.0
Colorado recently added itself to that list of states. But the Centennial State reminded that the loudest voices are not the only voices.
On the way to a planned demonstration outside the Colorado State Capitol in Denver, some healthcare workers staged a counter-effort of their own.
The arms-crossed, scrub-wearing hospital employees in the video, now viral, stood toe to toe with a pickup truck after the protestors chose to block their critical care facility.
The image illustrates that in the pandemic era, scrubs have become synonymous with bravery and a complete impatience for nonsense.
Two nurses, who have witnessed first hand the toll Covid is taking in Colorado, stood up and peacefully counter prâ�¦ https://t.co/HAjxzahgH3— Marc Zenn (@Marc Zenn)1587329114.0
The video features a woman bearing a vaguely relevant "LAND FREE" sign and screaming the following out her window at a healthcare worker:
"Americans are free. Go to China if you want Communism."
She then yells unintelligible things at another counter-protester in the vehicle next to her.
Telling a nurse, who has been fighting day & night to keep people alive and whose job it is to protect your dumb trâ�¦ https://t.co/whMKS2eW8x— Josh Gad (@Josh Gad)1587351645.0
Colorado has nearly 10,000 confirmed cases and 422 deaths.
One bystander captured the essence of the moment with a single photograph.
Over on Twitter, the comment thread alighted with criticism, to be expected.
Many, in line with the healthcare workers of the video, were NOT patient with the protesters either.
Imagine trying to block an ambulance entrance and yelling some crazy shit to protest a pandemic because Hobby Lobbyâ�¦ https://t.co/hzXa0NGjn7— van gala (@van gala)1587402793.0
@MarcZenn @laureldavilacpa "35,000+ dead" https://t.co/PIkMOJFkGy— ð���PersisterSister@ð��¡ (@ð���PersisterSister@ð��¡)1587350592.0
@VeganAri @MarcZenn @declandebarra Agree ! They all need to sign one of these!!! https://t.co/MYfRTLYLZp— Mona RN (@Mona RN)1587347516.0
The stupidity of these protests is truly astounding. ð�¤¦ð��»â��â��ï¸� But if youâ��re going to block an ambulance entrance to aâ�¦ https://t.co/xFDkes6CJH— L.D. Rose (@L.D. Rose)1587400562.0
@mollycrabapple @ClaraJeffery How many of the protesters actually live in these states? Are these protests replacinâ�¦ https://t.co/LoARH2JOVx— L L Copp (@L L Copp)1587353202.0
Of course, there's always someone...
@funder @Bryan08853942 I'd lay on that horn right in his face every second he was blocking the street. I'd probablâ�¦ https://t.co/41Nxl6ju93— Cynthia (@Cynthia)1587364810.0
@FeewFiona @funder @Bryan08853942 As if I were the one standing in front of moving traffic!— Cynthia (@Cynthia)1587399577.0
@CSpan2808 @FeewFiona @funder @Bryan08853942 It's not moving traffic, it's a protest and it's main goal is to causeâ�¦ https://t.co/0fuUInPtvS— ColorMeDark (@ColorMeDark)1587401023.0
@DeanObeidallah @realDonaldTrump So medical people went outside to protest against people out protesting for theirâ�¦ https://t.co/vmySgIKjrW— TheDickWilson (@TheDickWilson)1587405801.0
@IrkButthurt @DeanObeidallah @realDonaldTrump Pretty sure they were preventing the protestors from blocking ambulanâ�¦ https://t.co/m7QUAkuaN6— maddy (@maddy)1587407608.0
@madsnic_ @DeanObeidallah @realDonaldTrump By stopping traffic....uh huh Jesus..you people are fucking idiots— TheDickWilson (@TheDickWilson)1587416028.0
@IrkButthurt @madsnic_ @DeanObeidallah @realDonaldTrump The traffic was already stopped. These ignorant dips blockâ�¦ https://t.co/JtlEkXm7P3— Chef D Money (@Chef D Money)1587419301.0
But the majority of people were on the side of healthcare workers trying to stop these vehicles from continuing to block hospital access.
@TheTNHoller Oh Goddess of Karma. Iâ��m calling on you to allow these two to meet again. Her in a hospital bed and thâ�¦ https://t.co/EBZrBGDuuM— LiA (@LiA)1587395877.0
@LibsInAmerica @TheTNHoller i would not wish that on him— craig s (@craig s)1587395922.0
@csloball @LibsInAmerica @TheTNHoller Yeah because he would do the right thing and try to save her life. Maybe soâ�¦ https://t.co/d1RrQjJXlm— Logical Liberal (@Logical Liberal)1587396053.0
@billyeichner https://t.co/0cUrOTCSA8— Jonah (@Jonah)1587353171.0
@billyeichner Ridiculous people who buy fancy trucks they can't afford and now they're upset they can't make their car payments.— Lori (@Lori)1587353902.0
No amount of science or logic will stop such people from continuing to protest and breach social distancing guidelines in the process. No spikes in cases after their gatherings or overwhelmed healthcare systems will get through.
If some of you want to hide in the house until 2025, youâ��re welcome to do that. The rest of us realize itâ��s time toâ�¦ https://t.co/zyM45pfmgT— Tomi Lahren (@Tomi Lahren)1586972023.0
Let the people die #ReopenAmerica— K (@K)1587422215.0
Some people will cling to ignorance and only pay attention to warnings from experts when they or their loved ones are dying.
Until then, nothing anyone says will get through.