Trump’s rallies, often attended by thousands with very few face masks, have led to over 30,000 confirmed cases of COVID and likely led to the deaths of 700 people.
As we wait for election results, a new study from Stanford University, which analyzed 18 Trump rallies between June and September says they WERE the super spreader events they appeared to be. The study followed attendees for 10 weeks afterward and COVID transmission rates went up in communities where Trump held campaign rallies, compared to places that didn’t hold them.
The messaging from Trump’s campaign may have led to that, the study writes:
“The degree of compliance with guidelines concerning the use of masks and social distancing was low, in part because the Trump campaign downplayed the risk of infection. This feature heightens the risk that a rally could become a ‘superspreader event.’”
The study also found that those more than 700 deaths were not necessarily people who actually attended a rally.
“The communities in which Trump rallies took place paid a high price in terms of disease and death.”
As Colin Jost said on SNL‘s Weekend Update,
“Don’t worry, Trump isn’t trying to kill his supporters, he’s actually succeeding in killing his supporters…”
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