Trump rallies led to 30,000 Covid-19 infections, 700 deaths
Published: 05:58 PM, 1 November 2020 Updated: 05:58 PM, 1 November 2020
A total of 18 election rallies held by US President Donald Trump may lead to more than 30,000 people to be infected with coronavirus as well as over 700 deaths, a study conducted by the Researchers at Stanford University have revealed.
The study titled ‘The Effects of Large Group Meetings on the Spread of COVID-19: The Case of Trump Rallies’, stresses that the communities where Trump rallies took place paid a high price in terms of disease and death.
The researchers claim that Trump held a total of 18 public rallies from June 20 to September 22 and that are "ultimately resulted in more than 30,000 incremental confirmed cases of Covid-19” and “likely led to more than 700 deaths”
“Our analysis strongly supports the warnings and recommendations of public health officials concerning the risk of Covid-19 transmission at large group gatherings, particularly when the degree of compliance with guidelines concerning the use of masks and social distancing is low. The communities in which Trump rallies took place paid a high price in terms of disease and death,” the researchers said in the study.
Trump had been seen participating in various rallies without a mask while coronavirus infections reached its peak in the United States. Later, Mr Trump tested positive for Covid-19 though continued his election rallies. For this reason, Trump has had to face strong criticism.