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A Top White House Coronavirus Advisor Calls Images Of Protests 'Devastatingly Worrisome'

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Protestors trying to enter the Michigan House of Representative chamber on April 30 and kept out by the state police. (Jeff Kowalsky/AFP via Getty Images
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The coordinator for White House coronavirus response efforts says it is "devastatingly worrisome" to see crowds of demonstrators protesting stay-at-home orders while also refusing to follow social distancing guidelines or wear masks.

Asked about demonstrations last week where crowds swarmed Michigan's capitol building — some, brandishing firearms — Dr. Deborah Birx told Fox News' Chris Wallace that protesters may inadvertently jeopardize the health and lives of their family members:

"It's devastatingly worrisome to me personally because if they go home and infect their grandmother or their grandfather who has a co-morbid condition, and they have a serious or ... an unfortunate outcome, they will feel guilty for the rest of our lives."

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Demonstrators cross the street near the Huntington Beach pier May 1. (Sharon McNary/LAist)
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