Black Lives Matter demonstrations around the country haven’t led to a widespread increase in coronavirus cases, says a study published this month by the National Bureau of Economic Research.

The study utilized data from more than 300 of the country’s largest cities and found no evidence that the number of coronavirus cases grew in the weeks after the protests began, CNN reported Wednesday.

In fact, the study pointed out that social distancing actually increased after the protests, as people trying to avoid the demonstrations, CNN reported.

“Our findings suggest that any direct decrease in social distancing among the subset of the population participating in the protests is more than offset by increasing social distancing behavior among others who may choose to shelter-at-home and circumvent public places while the protests are underway,” the report said.

The ongoing demonstrations were spurred by the May 25 death of George Floyd, a Black man killed in Minneapolis while in police custody.

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